What Is Blepharitis?
- A very common eye condition affecting people of all ages where the eyelid margins become inflamed.
- Causes flaking or crusting of the eyelids which may be associated with redness and itchiness.
- May be associated with blockage of the tear glands lining the lid margins, so that the oily component they produce is reduced and the tears evaporate more quickly or stream from the eye.
- Increases the risk of an eye infection like conjunctivitis.
Why do I have Blepharitis?
Some causes include:
- Poor lid hygiene
- Allergic reaction
- Eye makeup
- Idiopathic (no real cause)
How can I manage Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a chronic condition so management needs to be ongoing to prevent it from returning.
- Regular daily eyelid hygiene.
- Lid scrubs and cleansing wipes eg. Sterilid or Lidcare.
- Hot compresses – A warm flannel or eyebag is held in position over the eyes and gentle massage of the glands lining the lids is carried out.
- Artificial tears to help to ease symptoms of itchiness
- Omega-3 oils to improve quality of tears and reduce inflammation
- In severe cases, we can refer you to an ophthalmologist for medical treatment.
BlephEx™ is a new advanced option for the treatment of Blepharitis and can be performed in practice by one of our specialist optometrists. The treatment involves the use of a patented micro-sponge and specially formulated solution which is applied directly to the lids and lashes, to manually remove build-up of debris on the lid margins and lash lines. In addition, it can also be used to massage the lipid-producing glands to allow for a better quality tear film, which is vital when treating and managing dry eye symptoms. Depending on the condition being treated, BlephEx only needs to be performed every 3-6 months.
BlephEx™ is recommended for:
- Blepharitis sufferers
- Contact lens wearers
- Dry eyes
- Any individual wanting to have a thorough clean of their eyes
Cost of BlephEx™: £100
Appointment Duration: Approximately 30 minutes