Frequently Asked Questions about PresbyLasik
What is Blepharitis In-depth?
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. Anyone can get Blepharitis at any age, but the prevalence increases with age, since as we get older, we make fewer natural antibodies in our tears.
This overgrowth of bacteria produces a biofilm that traps scurf and debris along the eyelashes and harbors bacterial exotoxins along the lid margin.
How Does BlephEx Work?
BlephEx is a painless in-clinic procedure performed by our eye care professionals. A revolutionary hand piece is used to very precisely and carefully, spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, removing scurf and debris and exfoliating your eyelids.
What Happens after the BlephEx Procedure?
After the procedure, the patient is instructed on how to maintain their clean eyelids with regular nightly lid hygiene. Since home treatments are only semi-effective, the procedure is typically repeated at 4-6 month intervals.
What is Demodex (Eyelash Mites)?
Demodex folliculorum is a species of face mite. Demodex folliculorum is one of the parasitic/commensal face mites that occur on people (other than Demodex brevis). Demodex derives from the Greek roots, demos- fat, and dex- worm. When large numbers of Demodex folliculorum are found on humans, the infestation is known as “demodicosis”.
Am I a candidate for BlephEx?
If you suffer from one or more of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from blepharitis:
- Itching or scratchy eyes
- Foreign body sensation
- Dry eye
- Eye rubbing
Blepharitis can only be diagnosed by an eye doctor. Make sure to let your doctor know of your eye symptoms and inquire about BlephEx, the latest in eye care technology for lid disease.
How often should BlephEx be done to patients who need it?
It should be done every 4-6 months.
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