Blepharitis and dry eyes tend to go hand in hand; if you have blepharitis, you likely also experience dry eye symptoms. This condition may seem challenging to treat as few eye clinics offer services that can relieve the symptoms of blepharitis, but there are treatments available to reduce blepharitis and dry eye symptoms. BlephEx® is an eye care technology specifically designed to treat blepharitis, although it has also been used to address dry eye symptoms as well. Whether you have dry eyes, blepharitis, or both, BlephEx® treatment from an advanced dry eye clinic can help relieve your symptoms.
What BlephEx® Is And Why It Is Offered At Dry Eye Clinics
This condition is an inflammation of the eyelids often caused by the clogging of oil-producing glands along the lash line. This is a chronic condition that doesn’t have a clear cause and it can lead to a variety of symptoms, including:
- Dry eyes
- Flaking skin around the eyes
- Crusted eyelashes
- The eyelids sticking together
- Itchy eyelids
- Watery Eyes
- Red Eyes
- Swollen eyelids
- A feeling of grit under the eyelids
- Burning sensation in the eyes
This procedure was originally created to help reduce the symptoms of blepharitis by removing excess bacteria and toxins that live along the lash line. BlephEx® is a handheld device used by an optometrist at an eye clinic that will exfoliate the eyelids and lash line to get rid of scale and bacteria. BlephEx® uses a spinning head with a medical-grade sponge on the end that is the approximate size and shape of a cotton swab end. The spinning sponge will clean the eyes of debris, unclog the oil glands in the eyelids, and exfoliate the eyelid skin. This device is operated by your optometrist and is performed in-office at an eye clinic. The treatment itself should take less than 30 minutes and often only needs to be performed once a year. After BlephEx® is used, you will need to ensure you are following the maintenance and instructions laid out by your optometrist to ensure proper eye hygiene and to get the best results from this treatment.
BlephEx® And Dry Eyes
Although BlephEx® was developed for blepharitis, it has also been shown to help people with dry eyes to relieve their symptoms as well. One of the major causes of dry eyes is a blockage of oils in the meibomian glands. This blockage prevents the oils from mixing with the tears and it causes the tears to evaporate too quickly, leaving the eyes dry. Because BlephEx® administered at an eye clinic exfoliates the lash line and clears clogged oils, the tears can achieve a balance of all necessary aspects, including oil, so that they can properly lubricate the eyes. Because of this clearing of the meibomian glands, BlephEx® is offered at some dry eye clinics.
Visit A Dry Eye Clinic In Calgary Or Three Hills
If you suffer from blepharitis, dry eyes, or both, BlephEx® treatment can help. This fast and painless optometrist-administered treatment can help to relieve your blepharitis and dry eye symptoms. BlephEx® treatment offered at the My Optometrist Advanced Dry Eye Clinic can help treat moderate to severe dry eyes and blepharitis. While BlephEx® is not a cure for either of these conditions, it can significantly reduce symptoms so that you can live more comfortably. To reduce your dry eye or blepharitis symptoms, book an appointment with the My Optometry Advanced Dry Eye Clinic. Contact My Optometrist at one of our three locations at Health First in SE Calgary, Sunridge in NE Calgary, or Three Hills, AB. You can also call us or fill out the online contact form.
Q: Is there a cure for Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) or blepharitis?
A: There is not a cure for DES or blepharitis, however, the My Optometrist Advanced Dry Eye Clinic offers several ways to address the causes of dry eyes to offer relief from blepharitis and dry eye symptoms.
Q: What should I do if I think I have DES or blepharitis?
A: Book an appointment at the My Optometrist Advanced Dry Eye Clinic at any of our Calgary or Three Hills locations. Our knowledgeable team will help you figure out your diagnosis and what steps to take next.
Q: Are there any other treatments available for dry eyes and blepharitis?
A: Other than BlephEx®, IPL is used to treat both dry eyes and blepharitis at the My Optometrist Advanced Dry Eye Clinic.