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Blepharitis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the eyelids which is caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria that live along the eyelid margin. Blepharitis is often the precursor to more severe eye lid diseases, such as MGD (Meibobian Gland Disease) and Dry Eye.
Blepharitis can affect anyone, regardless of age or gender, but generally becomes more prevalent as a person gets older since tears usually contain less antibodies with age. As this bacteria grows out of control, it begins to produce a biofilm that traps debris along the eyelashes.
Bacterial toxins then become trapped and begin to penetrate the eyelid and cause it to swell, leading to possible damage to your tear glands and impacting tear production. Less tears with even less antibodies allow this bacteria to continue to grow, creating a vicious cycle which quickly spirals out of control if not dealt with.
Complications from blepharitis include:
Stye: A red tender bump on the eyelid that is caused by an acute infection of the oil glands of the eyelid.
Chalazion: This condition can follow the development of a stye. It is a usually painless firm lump caused by inflammation of the oil glands of the eyelid. Chalazion can be painful and red if there is also an infection.
Problems with the tear film: Abnormal or decreased oil secretions that are part of the tear film can result in excess tearing or dry eye.
Because tears are necessary to keep the cornea healthy, tear film problems can make people more at risk for corneal infections.
Mid Columbai Eye Care Center is proud to offer BlephEx to treat Bleperatis. This amazing technology is used to treat Blepharitis. The BlephEx tool works by spinning a medical grade micro-sponge along the eyelid surface, eliminating scruff, bacterial debris, and the biofilm that builds up along the lid and base of the eyelashes, removing bacteria and destroying the environment it thrives in. Very similar to how a dentist removes plaque and tartar to prevent gingivitis, your eye doctor can now use BlephEx to remove the lid’s biofilm to prevent and treat blepharitis. With regular treatments, and intermittent at home maintenance, we finally have the ability to treat a previously unsuccessfully treated disease!
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