Treatment of Dry Eyes
YOU MAY HAVE AN UNDERLYING ISSUE
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a chronic, inflammatory condition of the eyelid caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria living along the lid and base of the lashes. This bacterial overgrowth leads to crusting along the eyelid and a sticky biofilm develops that can cause Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), or clogged oil glands in the eyelid, and dry eye disease.
Since the eyelids are difficult to clean, this biofilm can build up over many years and cause a variety of symptoms and chronic inflammation. Blepharitis can occur at any age, but the prevalence increases with age when we make fewer natural antibodies in our tears.
Constant eye irritation, foreign body sensation and chronic dry eye disease are the end results if left untreated. Using BlephEx, Dr. Jenifer Ramsower at Dry Eye Center of Florida, can directly clean your eyelids and eyelashes to remove the biofilm and bacterial toxins that cause inflammation and dry eye. This will improve your symptoms and help maintain a healthy eyelid.
Am I at risk of Blepharitis?
The risk of blepharitis increases as a patient
ages. A study by Walter Reed Hospital
determined that incidences of blepharitis in the
U.S. steadily increase from 3% of 18-20 year
olds to a staggering 71% of those over 65. That
equates to more than 40 million individuals in
the 65+ age group with the total number of
patients with blepharitis in the U.S. alone is
over 82 million people.
Understanding Blepharitis and BlephEx
Blepharitis is the precursor of Dry Eye Disease, Contact Lens Intolerance and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD.)