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Waking up with Crusty, Glued Shut Eyes? Introducing BlephEx

Above the new hand held BlephEx tool [image source:]

Above the new hand held BlephEx tool [image source:]

Imagine waking up each morning feeling like your eyes are on fire- and to top it off, your eye lids are literally glued shut! Terrifying, right? Well, for thousands of blepharitis sufferers across North America, this is a painful reality of everyday life. If you’re fortunate enough to be unfamiliar with the symptoms of blepharitis, you should know that the relentless eye lid condition often develops and occurs alongside dry eye disease. The chronic disease is caused by an overgrowth of bacteria living along the lash line and is typically characterized by inflammation of the eye lids, flaking skin on the lids, scales, blurred vision, debris in the tear film and infection of the eyelash follicle. Sounds fun, right? Plus, since the eyelids are so difficult to clean, this overgrowth of bacteria and debris can accumulate over a number of years and cause irreparable damage to eye lids and tear glands in some cases. In very severe cases, eye lids affected by blepharitis can become raw, red and have ulcerative lesions with areas that actually bleed!

So how does one nix this stubborn ocular affliction? Eye care professionals often prescribe lid hygiene methods that can sometimes effectively control blepharitis. Conversely, for others- relief of chronic symptoms is not as straightforward. Many blepharitis sufferers experience allergic reactions like eczema or dermatitis when exposed to the chemicals found in lid scrubs. Others are averse to taking oral antibiotics like minocycline or doxycycline and have symptoms that are too severe for warm compresses alone. Indeed, blepharitis is a complex condition that has beleaguered eye doctors for years.

Woman In Bed With Alarm ClockLuckily, hope could be on the horizon for those plagued with blepharitis. A new medical device called BlephEx has recently been making waves in the optometry community and is being hailed as the treatment blepharitis has been ‘calling for’. BlephEx enables eye care professionals to use a small hand piece with a medical grade micro-sponge that gently spins along the lashes and eyelids to help remove debris, bacteria and biofilm. The painless procedure can take anywhere from six to eight minutes and requires upkeep with a lid cleansing agent post treatment. Further, the BlephEx procedure is said to be great for all types of blepharitis including: anterior, staphylococcal and demodex blepharitis.

Though the treatment is not covered by insurance, many doctors believe BlephEx is very much worth the cost and could actually save patients hundreds of dollars in the long run by decreasing the need to purchase expensive medical eye drops, home eye scrubs, humidity goggles and compresses.

What do you think? Could the BlephEx treatment be the real deal or is it simply too good to be true? Sound off below or tweet us @AllAboutDryEye to tell us your take!

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