BlephEx Treatment for Blepharitis and Dry Eye

Why BlephEx Treatment?

Do you suffer from dry, itchy, gritty eyes? Do your eyelids look red and inflamed? Have you been diagnosed with blepharitis but cant seem to improve your symptoms? Have you been told to clean your eyelids with baby shampoo? Then BlephEx may be the answer you have been looking for.

Peter Ivins Eye Care was amongst the first practices in the UK to offer this exciting treatment back in 2014. Since then we have performed BlephEx treatment on hundreds of dry eye and blepharitis sufferers. As part of your bespoke dry eye and blepharitis treatment plan, BlephEx can be an excellent addition in the fight against blepharitis.

How does BlephEx work?

BlephEx is a painless in-office procedure performed by our optometrists to help reduce the main causes of inflammatory lid disease and blepharitis. This allows the overall health of the eyelid to improve and the patient to begin to produce more of their own tears and finally enjoy a life free from the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with blepharitis and dry eye.

What is involved in BlephEx?

The procedure is quick and straightforward, lasting only a few minutes from start to finish in each eye. Most patients report only a mild tickling sensation during the treatment. If your eyes are particularly sensitive our optometrists normally start by applying a small drop of topical anaesthetic to the eye to stop you blinking during the treatment.

A small amount of cleansing foam is applied to the BlephEx surgical sponge and in some case also to the patients eyelashes. In more stubborn cases of blepharitis we may choose to heat your eyelids before treatment to soften the eyelash debris.

The BlephEx handpiece is then used to very precisely and carefully spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris associated with blepharitis from your eye lashes and eyelids.

How many treatments will I need?

This will depend on the severity of the blepharitis before treatment and will therefore vary from individual to individual. Treatment is normally recommended once a month until a significant improvement is noticed both by the patient and our optometrists. We often combine BlephEx treatment with IPL treatment.

Who should consider BlephEx?

BlephEx is an excellent treatment option for anyone suffering with blepharitis or chronic inflammatory eyelid disease. If you have already been diagnosed with blepharitis by your optometrist, GO or pharmacist then BlephEx might be an excellent addition to your treatment plan.

BlephEx is also a great option for anyone suffering from the symptoms of blepharitis which include:

  • Itching or scratchy eyes
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Tearing
  • Crusting
  • Redness/inflammation
  • Mattering
  • Dry eyes
  • Eye rubbing

What should I do after my BlephEx treatment?

Our optometrists will provide you with a bespoke treatment and maintenance plan. They will make recommendations based on your individual case, which may include more BlephEx treatment 4 weeks later, BlephEx treatment combined with IPL treatment or medical intervention in the form of topical or oral antibiotics. You will be given advice on the use of heat (MGDRx and lid hygiene products at home to maintain healthy eyelids free from blepharitis.

How do I get started?

If you have already been diagnosed with Blepharitis then you can simply make an appointment for BlephEx treatment. If you have the symptoms of Blepharitis but haven’t yet been diagnosed then we advise making an appointment within our dry eye and blepharitis clinic for a full evaluation to ensure you are offered the best treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and diagnosis.