The Blephex instrument was designed by an Ophthalmologist to reduce lid inflammation, bacteria and debris built up on eyelid margins. A highly absorbent disposable micro-sponge is soaked in Ocusoft Plus cleansing solutions then spun along the eyelids;. The lids are cleaned both posterior and anterior, then rinsed well afterwards.
Patients with an insufficient tear film may be prone to a build-up of bio film along the eyelids. Debris on the ocular surface is not being cleaned away by the tear, as the lids blink across the surface they pick up the debris, this eventually builds into a bio-film covering the Meibomian gland heads. The bio-film can harbour bacteria and demodex, causing inflammation and further reducing the flow of oils. If left blocked for a prolonged period then atrophy can leave the meibomian glands ineffective.
This bio-film covering the posterior lid margin is more likely to occur in the following patients:
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction patients
Dry Eye sufferers
Contact lens wearers
All of the above would be suitable for a Blephex treatment, complimented by a home care plan, including heat therapy and Ocusoft Plus cleanser, to keep the lids clear of bio-film build up and bacteria for as long as possible. For many patients a hydrating drop and high quality therapeutic level of omega 3 is essential to keep inflammation down on lid margins and enhance the production capabilities of the Meibomian Glands.
Blephex treatment and home care products including vitamins, are all available from Pendleburys. In the same way as a dental hygienist sees patients at regular intervals to remove plaque, patients benefit from a regular appointment to exfoliate their eyelids, initially a six monthly treatment is recommended. This ideally should be in combination with a home care plan; just as a dental patient would be expected to clean their teeth, use mouthwash, floss, etc.
Please see the DRY EYE CLINIC page for further information on appointments and fees.