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What Is BlephEx, and How Can It Help Treat Dry Eye?

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If you have blepharitis or dry eyes, your optometrist may suggest a treatment called BlephEx to help. 

If you are suffering from blepharitis or dry eye syndrome, it is an eye condition that can cause red, swollen, irritated, itchy eyelids, BlephEx treatment may be a suitable option for you.

While it can be uncomfortable, blepharitis is not contagious and usually doesn’t cause lasting damage to your eyes. The best way to manage your symptoms is by regularly cleaning your eyelids and keeping them free of buildup using a mild soap. 

Although blepharitis usually doesn’t go away completely, you can work with your eye doctor to find the best ways to manage it.

What Is BlephEx Used For?

BlephEx is an in-office treatment used for blepharitis. This condition is typically caused by a buildup of bacteria along the base of the eyelashes. 

People with skin conditions, such as rosacea, dandruff, and oily skin, tend to be at a higher risk for blepharitis. Allergies are another common issue that may cause blepharitis and dry eye.  

You naturally have bacteria around the base of the eyelashes, but when the oil glands on your eyes get clogged, this, too, can cause blepharitis and irritate your eyes. 

Blepharitis can be chronic and may lead to more serious conditions if left untreated, so it’s important to manage your symptoms and work with your eye doctor to keep your eyelids and eyes clean and healthy.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of blepharitis, BlephEx may be the solution for you to prevent further harm to your irritated and dry eyes. 

How BlephEx Can Treat Dry Eye

Experts used to believe that people with chronically dry eyes suffered from at least two different eye diseases. However, they now believe that dry eyes are late-stage blepharitis.

BlephEx can gently and quickly remove excess bacterial toxins and biofilms primarily responsible for dry eyes and eyelid inflammation. This helps prevent recurring symptoms of dry eyes with regular treatment. 

The treatment is relatively comfortable, and patients typically notice results immediately following treatment. 

Close-up of a child's eyes. The right eyelid is red and inflamed.

What Are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?

If you’re experiencing blepharitis, you may have several symptoms, such as:

  • Irritated eyes that easily tear or water
  • Red and swollen eyes or eyelids
  • Dry eyes
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Watery and itchy eyes
  • Flaking from your eyelids
  • Crusty eyelids
  • Crusted eyelashes

Blepharitis can lead to complications when left untreated, including:

  • Stye
  • Chalazion
  • Dry eye disease
  • Damage to the cornea

Does BlephEx Really Work?

While BlephEx cannot cure blepharitis since there is no known cure for the condition, it can effectively alleviate its irritating symptoms as well as those of dry eye syndrome

However, it should not be used as a substitute for other treatments such as eyelid cleansing, eye lubricants, or heat therapy. Instead, it can be used in conjunction with them for optimal results.

How Long Does BlephEx Work For?

Most patients need to return every 4–6 months for another treatment. Many people report a significant improvement in their condition after the first treatment. 

Proper hygiene and developing a self-care routine for your condition can lengthen the periods when you are symptom-free. 

Your eye doctor is the best person to advise you on how to manage your blepharitis symptoms. They may suggest a thorough cleansing routine before bed and when waking up.

Do not be afraid to ask any questions about dry eyes. Your optometrist is here to help make things easier for you and your eyes. 

What Are the Side Effects of Blephex Treatment?

Patients have only reported mild irritation and redness in the affected area. However, these side effects dissipated within 24 hours. Most people reported no pain or irritation at all. 

Does BlephEx Treatment Hurt?

Before a BlephEx treatment, your eye doctor may add numbing drops to help make the treatment more tolerable, but it’s typically considered a comfortable procedure. Some patients report a ticklish feeling during the treatment. The whole process can take as little as 15 minutes and has been described as a soothing experience.

Find Relief from Blepharitis

If you’re experiencing symptoms of blepharitis, schedule an appointment with our team at Metro EyeCare. We are happy to discuss your symptoms, answer your questions, and help you find an effective treatment to manage the condition. Book an appointment at one of our locations today!

Written by Jeff Neighbors

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