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BlephEx Treatment For Blepharitis in Houston

If you're constantly plagued by crusty, dry, or watery eyes as well as inflamed eyelids, you may be suffering from a condition called blepharitis. This eyelid problem causes irritation to either the inner or the outer eyelid surface, and can seriously impair your quality of life -- but most traditional remedies can do little to treat it. Here at Texas State Optical North Spring our optometrists in the Tomball and Spring area can do better -- through state-of-the-art BlephEx blepharitis treatment. Our optometrists 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.


What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is related to Dry Eye Syndrome, and is often a contributing cause, or a parallel condition. It involves inflamed eyelids, particularly where the eyelashes grow and is usually caused by bacterial infections or other skin problems resulting in similar symptoms to Dry Eyes Syndrome in general.

Blepharitis often occurs when the tiny oil glands at the base of the eyelids gets clogged or infected. BlephEx is a state-of-the-art eye care equipment that can be used to remove debris and scurf and exfoliate your eyelids. Lipiflow Or Blephex Which One Is Right for You?

How Does BlephEx Work?

BlephEx is an advanced eye care procedure performed at Texas State Optical North Spring. 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 specialists 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 an 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 maximal relief of soreness and inflammation due to blepharitis.

About the Blephex Procedure

Our eye doctors use a handheld device tipped with a tiny anti-bacterial sponge. The sponge is placed gently against your eyelids, and the device caused the tip to spin rapidly. The spinning action, aided by the anti-bacterial substance, does a "deep-cleaning" that thoroughly exfoliates the eyelids and removes all irritating debris. The relief you experience may last from 4 to 6 months, at which point we simply repeat the procedure for effective, ongoing blepharitis management. We will also give you cleansers and cleaning instructions to help minimize blepharitis between visits.

Effectiveness Of BlephEx

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

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.

Who Is A Good Candidate For BlepEx?

Blephex is a simple procedure performed by our optometrist 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

Your optometrist 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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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.

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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 by our dry eye specialist.

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