Blepharitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria living along the lid and the base of the eyelashes. The overgrowth causes crusting along the eyelid and creates a biofilm allowing more bacteria to grow and causing more inflammation. This leads to constant eye irritation, foreign body sensation, and chronic dry eyes.

Blepharitis FAQ

What are the stages of Blepharitis?

Blephex stages

What are traditional treatments?

Lid scrubs of the eyelid margin with baby shampoo on your finger or a pad are used but can difficult to perform and has limited effectiveness.

What are new treatments for Blepharitis?

With medical technology ever changing, new treatments for blepharitis have become available. The two most common treatments are Avenova, Blephex, and Lipiflow.

What is Avenova?

Avenova is a new, alternative treatment used for blepharitis, as well as dry eye and meibomian glands dysfunction. This treatment removes microorganisms and debris from around your eyelids and lashes that may be causing your problems. Avenova is unique because it is the only treatment that uses pure hypochlorous acid, which is non-toxic to cells.

What is Blephex?

With Blephex your doctor can exfoliate your eyelids and lashes and remove the biofilm to improve symptoms and control long term damage to your tear glands. It is an in-office procedure that allows your doctor to treat blepharitis by eliminating the biofilm and bacterial toxins that cause inflammatory lid disease and dry eyes and improves the overall health of your eyelid and thereby your eyes.

What is LipiFlow?

LipiFlow is a treatment device invented by Dr Donald Korb along with his colleagues at Tear Science. This device is specifically designed to remove blockages from the meibomian glands effectively. Many specialists now consider LipiFlow as the standard treatment for MGD. A LipiFlow device comes with a console and a single-use sterile device called the Activator. It uses a technology called Vectored Thermal Pulsation. With this technology, the Activator sends heat pulses to the glands through the eyelids.

Are BlephEx and Lipiflow covered by insurance?

BlephEx and Lipiflow are not currently covered by insurance, these procedures are very affordable procedures, especially when compared to the long term costs of dry eye treatment which averages 800/year. You will enjoy the benefits of these effective treatments. Ask the doctors at Citrus Valley eyecare if you are a candidate.

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