BlephEx (microblepharoexfoliation) Treatment
If you have blepharitis, you might be advised to have microblepharoexfoliation otherwise known as BlephEx treatment.
What is BlephEx?
BlephEx is a specialist tool used for cleaning the eyelids. It described by its manufacturers as ‘a hand piece used to, very precisely and carefully, spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids.’ BlephEx is used with normal saline eye drops.
It’s painless, quick and easy, but very ticklish!
Treatments are typically repeated at regular intervals depending on the severity of the disease.
Typically, BlephEx is repeated every 4-6 months, and you will be encouraged to maintain good lid hygiene between treatments.
Why do I need BlephEx treatment?
Bacteria are a contributory factor in blepharitis.
Deposits along the lid margin can become infected with bacteria. The bacteria then produce substances which cause irritation, burning or itching. Inflammation of the lids affects the meibomian (oil producing) glands. Without enough oil, tears evaporate too quickly, leaving the eye dry. In the absence of sufficient antibacterial tears, bacteria grow unrestricted, creating further inflammation. Without treatment, it ends up as a vicious cycle of chronically dry and sore eyes.
By eliminating the bacteria, the inflammatory contributors of blepharitis can be reduced and the overall health of the eyelid and meibomian glands is improved.
If microscopic examination has identified deposits on your eyelid margins, you will, therefore, be advised to thoroughly clean your eyelids. It can be difficult to do this yourself, which is why BlephEx is often recommended to achieve a thorough clean.