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BlephEx Treatment For Blepharitis In Chicago's Northwest Suburbs

At the the Midwest Dry Eye Center, we are pleased to offer BlephEx for treatment of blepharitis. This advanced technology allows us to provide powerful and effective treatment for blepharitis delivered in a comfortable, spa-like environment.

If you have been diagnosed with blepharitis, or think that you might have it, we encourage you to contact us to get the relief you deserve.

Find out more below about the symptoms and treatment available.

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BlephEx Treatment For Blepharitis In Chicago's Northwest Suburbs

At the Midwest Dry Eye Center, we are pleased to offer BlephEx for treatment of blepharitis. This advanced technology allows us to provide powerful and effective treatment for blepharitis delivered in a comfortable, spa-like environment.

If you have been diagnosed with blepharitis, or think that you might have it, then contact us to get the relief you deserve fast.

What is Blepharitis?

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis occurs when the tiny oil glands at the base of the eyelids get clogged or infected. Patients with blepharitis typically experience inflamed eyelids that are red and itchy—and may look greasy and crusted, particularly where the eyelashes grow. Infections, allergies or other skin conditions are often associated with the condition.

Blepharitis is also related to Dry Eye Syndrome and can be a contributing cause or a parallel condition.

To combat the condition, we offer BlephEx® – a state-of-the-art eye care treatment that can be used to remove debris and scurf by gently exfoliating the eyelids.

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How Does BlephEx Work?

BlephEx is an advanced eye care procedure performed at the . This in-office procedure is performed by one of our optometric technicians, who precisely and safely guides a medical grade micro-sponge along the edges of your eyelashes and eyelids to provide exfoliation and removal of the infected debris called scurf.

BlephEx expertly removes the exotoxin-laden biofilm located along the eyelid margin that is responsible for producing blepharitis symptoms. By exfoliating the eyelids, Blepharitis and Dry Eye Symptoms will improve rapidly, while also helping avoid long-term inflammatory damage to the tear glands.

How Long Does A BlephEx Procedure Last?

Our dry eye doctors need only about 6 – 8 minutes per eye to perform this procedure. After the procedure, the patient is instructed on how to maintain their clean eyelids with regular nightly lid hygiene. You can rinse your eyes after the procedure and go about your day in comfort.

Is BlephEx Painful?

Most patients experience a tingling or tickling sensation while others also may experience mild discomfort. To increase comfort, we may place a numbing drop in your eyes before we carry out the procedure. At our dry eye clinic, we provide the treatment in a serene and calm environment. We try to make this procedure as much like a spa-treatment as possible, ensuring that you feel comfortable and relaxed while we attend to you.

How Often Will I Need A BlephEx Treatment?

This depends on the severity and cause of your blepharitis. Since home treatments are only semi-effective, the procedure is typically repeated at regular intervals. Typically, the procedure needs to be repeated every 4 – 6 months for maximum relief of soreness and inflammation due to blepharitis.

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How Does BlephEx Work?

BlephEx is an advanced eye care procedure performed at the . The in-office procedure precisely and safely spins a medical grade micro-sponge along the edges of your eyelashes and eyelids providing exfoliation and the removal of the infected debris called scurf.

BlephEx effectively removes the exotoxin-laden biofilm located along your eyelid margin that is responsible for your blepharitis symptoms. By exfoliating your eyelids, the Blepharitis and Dry Eye Symptoms will improve rapidly, while also helping you to avoid long-term inflammatory damage to your tear glands.

How Long Does A BlephEx Procedure Last?

Our dry eye doctors need only about 6 – 8 minutes per eye to perform this procedure. After the procedure, the patient is instructed on how to maintain their clean eyelids with regular nightly lid hygiene. You can rinse your eyes after the procedure and go about your day in comfort.

Is BlephEx Painful?

Most patients experience a tingling or tickling sensation while others also may experience mild discomfort. To increase comfort, we may place a numbing drop in your eyes before we carry out the procedure. At our dry eye clinic, we also aim to provide the  treatment in a serene and calm environment. We try to make this procedure as much like a spa-treatment as possible, ensuring that you feel comfortable and relaxed while we attend to you.

How Often Will I Need A BlephEx Treatment?

This depends on the severity and cause of your blepharitis. Since home treatments are only semi-effective, the procedure is typically repeated at 4 – 6 month intervals. Typically, the procedure needs to be repeated every 4 – 6 months for maximum relief of soreness and inflammation due to blepharitis.

Effectiveness Of BlephEx

How Is BlephEx More Effective Than Wipes, Drops Or Compresses?

Treatments that rely exclusively on eye drops, warm compresses, or wipes often only provide short-lived comfort by temporarily relieving the symptoms. They don’t generally address the underlying condition.

Even wipes which are designed to clean the eyelid are not, that effective at long-term relief. They are not intended to provide full exfoliation. Instead, wipes and hot compresses are best used for maintenance of good eyelid hygiene between BlephEx treatments.

Who Is A Good Candidate For BlepEx?

Blephex is a simple procedure performed by our optometric team, for patients with the following symptoms:

  • Itchy or scratchy eyes
  • The feeling of something stuck in your eye
  • Excessive Tearing
  • A buildup of gunk/crustiness in the eyelid area
  • Redness/Inflammation
  • Dry or uncomfortable eyes

Our optometrists will perform a test to see if you are suffering from Blepharitis. Based on the test results, a customized treatment plan will be recommended that may include eyelid exfoliation using Blephex.

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Effectiveness Of BlephEx

Treatments that rely on eye drops, warm compresses, or wipes often only provide momentary comfort by relieving the symptoms. They don’t generally address the underlying condition.

Even wipes, which are designed to actually clean the eyelid are not, in fact, all that effective as they are not intended to provide full exfoliation. Instead, wipes and hot compresses are best used for maintenance of good eyelid hygiene between BlephEx treatments.

Blephex is a simple procedure performed by our optometrists for patients with the following symptoms:

  • Itchy or scratchy eyes
  • The feeling of something stuck in your eye
  • Excessive Tearing
  • A buildup of gunk/crustiness in the eyelid area
  • Redness/Inflammation
  • Dry or uncomfortable eyes

Our optometrists will perform a test to see if you are suffering from Blepharitis. Based on the test results, a customized treatment plan will be recommended that may include eyelid exfoliation using Blephex.

Learn More About Blephex Treatment For Dry Eye

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Does Insurance Cover BlephEx?

Usually not. BlephEx is a relatively new procedure and most insurance plans have not yet caught up enough to include it in medical or vision insurance coverage.

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Contact Lens Wearer, Is BlephEx For Me?

Blepharitis is largely affected by the hygiene of the eyelids. Contact lens wearers are therefore far more likely to develop blepharitis and other Dry Eye Syndrome-related conditions. BlephEx is an ideal treatment for any contact lens wearer who develops blepharitis.

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Is BlephEx Safe For Children?

Blepharitis is one of the main contributing causes of Pediatric Eye Inflammation. In principle, there is no reason BlephEx would not be equally effective for children as it is for adults.

However, the use of BlephEx for children should be assessed on a case-by-case basis during a consultation with our dry eye specialist.

Serving Patients From:

Our eye doctors provide advanced care for patients suffering from discomfort due to Blepharitis for patients from all over Illinois and specifically Chicago’s Northwest suburbs including patients from Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Arlington Heights, Lake Zurich, Mundelein, Deerfield, and Palatine.