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Blepharitis and BlephEx

Blepharitis is a non-contagious but often long-term condition that can develop at any age. Symptoms include:
  • Itchy or sore eyelids
  • Crusty eyelashes
  • A burning or gritty sensation in your eyes
  • Redness and inflammation
  • Dry Eyes
Around 40% of patients who attend for eye examinations have the condition to some degree**. The condition rarely causes serious eye damage but can be very uncomfortable and make contact lenses difficult to wear. While Blepharitis can’t usually be cured, there are steps that can be taken to make your eyes more comfortable including using warm compresses, lubricating drops and gels.
We have recently begun offering a revolutionary procedure in the practice to help treat the symptoms of Blepharitis. BlephExTM involves using micro-sponges to carefully and safely clean the edge of your eyelids and eyelashes, removing any irritating debris and exfoliating your eyelids. It is painless and only takes a few minutes to perform. Procedures can then be repeated at intervals recommended by our Optometrists.
In addition to BlephExTM we also stock a range of products which are designed to alleviate the symptoms of blepharitis between treatments.
  • Blephaclean: Wipes impregnated with antimicrobial elements designed to gently cleanse and soothe the eyelids and lashes. The wipes remove any debris associated with blepharitis and can also remove eye make up including waterproof mascara.
  • Blephasol: An aqueous solution designed to be used with cotton pads to gently cleanse the lids and lashes and remove eye make up. Once opened, a bottle of Blephasol can be kept for up to two months.
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All of the products are preservative free, which is key in products used long term, and extensively tested by Optometrists and Dermatologists.
If you would like more information about BlephExTM, solutions or Blepharitis itself contact the practice for advice from our Optical Assistants and Optometrists.
**Source: Thea Pharmaceuticals, 2016

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