BlephEx – Blepharitis Treatment
If you suffer with dry, gritty, watery or sore eyes, our BlephEx treatment can help to make your eyes feel more comfortable and get rid of any dry or flaky debris that may have built up in your eyelashes or in the corners of your eyes.
The BlephEx treatment is designed to give your eyelids a thorough clean, removing debris from the lash line, reducing the inflammation and improving your overall eyelid health.
A BlephEx treatment session lasts roughly half an hour beginning with one of our optometrists having a look at your eyes and taking a ‘before’ photograph of your eyelids. This is then followed by wearing a pair of goggles which will gently emit warm heat onto your eyes for 10 minutes, the heat helps to gently loosen and debris from the eyelids and eyelashes.
After your lids are wiped, the optometrist with then clean your eyelids with a gentle scrub removing any debris that may be left on your lashes. One final wipe and your eyes should feel clean and fresh. An ‘after’ photograph will be taken of your lids showing you a comparison of your eyes before and after the treatment.
It is important to maintain your treatment aftercare with the use of lid wipes, eye drops and heat mask, all of which we stock in at the practice. It is also recommended that you repeat the treatment every 4-6 months or as frequently as required.
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Frequently Asked Questions
In simple terms, Blepharitis is when your eyelids become inflamed. Oils and other products that are secreted by the eyes and the eyelids can build up on the lid and the eyelashes, causing irritation and redness.
Symptoms of Blepharitis include eye irritation, burning, watering, foreign body sensations, dry debris, dryness and redness.
You may be more susceptible to dry eyes if you have another dermatological condition, like Psoriasis or Eczema. It’s more likely to occur in the winter months, when you’re going from the cold air outside into warm rooms with the central heating on. It can be more common in older people, too.
Unfortunately, there is no cure, but the condition can be treated and managed successfully.
Blepharitis can be managed with a good eyelid hygiene routine.
Because symptoms can recur, it’s a really good idea to get into a good routine and stick to it, like you would with brushing your teeth, combing your hair or cleaning your glasses!
Lots of GP appointments are used by patients looking for advice for their dry eyes. As with many eye conditions, a visit to the optometrists is more useful. Because we specialise in eyecare, we’ve got lots of training to spot conditions like Blepharitis and we’ve invested in new treatments to help people along.
We have recently started a brand new Dry Eye Clinic which is like a deep-clean for your eyelids and we offer products that you can take home to keep up a good lid hygiene routine.
The Dry Eye Clinic at Richard Petrie Optometrists is a treatment for your eyelids. Think of it like a routine scale and polish at the dentist or a wash and blow-dry at the salon!
The treatment is called BlephEx. It gives your lids a really deep clean to get rid of any build-up of debris and then you can take some products home so that you can keep up a good lid hygiene routine.
Depending on the severity of your dry eyes, you can choose to repeat the procedure every 4-6 months or as frequently as required.
Here’s what happens during a treatment for dry eyes:
- Arrive at the practice and get a nice cup of tea.
- You will be taken to the treatment room and given a special pair of goggles to wear. The goggles emit a gentle, warm heat onto your eyes for 10 minutes. This helps to loosen any debris from your lashes.
- Your lids are wiped using a lid wipe.
- Your eyelids are cleaned using a gentle scrub, to get rid of any debris that’s still hanging on.
- A final wipe and the debris is gone!
- You can choose from drops and an eye mask or lid wipes that best suit your ongoing routine.
A Dry Eye Clinic appointment at Richard Petrie costs £50.
If you would like to buy products to take home, to help you lid hygiene routine, the cost is £65, for your treatment and 2 products.
For more information on Blepharitis, treatments for dry eyes, or to book an appointment for our Dry Eye Clinic, give us a call on 01332 291010, or fill in our enquiry form online.