Blepharitis and BlephEx™ Treatment
We can help to diagnose and treat this common and irritating eye condition.
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a chronic eye condition that affects up to 50% of the adult population. It is an inflammation of the eyelid, usually at the base of the eyelashes, leading to burning sensations, flaking and crusting around the eyelids, irritation, itching and redness in eyelid margins and foreign body sensations.
Not sure if you have blepharitis? For new sufferers, we can offer a diagnosis appointment under the NHS for locally registered GP patients, allowing us to confirm your condition and recommend appropriate products – see our MECS Service page.
There is no cure for chronic blepharitis, however Airedale Opticians is able to offer solutions to provide short and long term relief.
The most advanced development in the field, BlephEx is a painless procedure performed in-practice by our optometrists. A patented 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.
Like a scale and polish of your teeth, the BlephEx treatment will help to clear the problematic detritus from your eyelids, but cannot prevent it from reforming. Works best followed by a cleaning routine that we will recommend and follow-up appointments to monitor progress.
If you suffer from Blepharitis or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) and currently use a warm flannel or heated wheat bag for relief, then you might be interested in the Blephasteam goggles.
These goggles plug-in and provide a consistent 10 minutes of warm heat to the eyelids, with no hassle of needing reheating during the time. The goggles fit to your head and have clear lenses, allowing you to sit upright and watch television or read during the treatment as well.
Now available to order through Airedale Opticians contact us for more details.
For day to day relief from the condition some people still recommend baby shampoo – the NHS advise against this, as the shampoo will break down the natural oils in the eyelashes and leave the skin unprotected and more prone to inflammation.
We carry a range of dedicated wipes and solutions from Thea Pharmaceuticals and Scope Opthalmics which are designed specifically to tackle blepharitis and provide longer lasting relief. Our practice team are happy to advise, call in for more information.