Dry Eye/Blepharitis Syndrome (DEBS) is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria living along the lid and the base of the eyelashes. Anyone can get DEBS at any age, but the prevalence increases with age and with contact lens wear.
Staphyloccocus aureus and staphyloccocus epidermidis bacteria produce a biofilm that builds up over the years and allows the bacteria to greatly increase their densities. Once the population reaches a certain number, genes activate allowing the bacteria to produce toxins (quorum-sensing gene activation.) These toxins penetrate the eyelid tissue causing low-grade chronic inflammation which adversely affects the quality and quantity of tears being produced.
Since the eyelids are difficult to clean, this overgrowth of bacteria, biofilm, and toxins can worsen over the years, eventually causing significant damage to the eyelid and tear glands.
Now, thanks to BlephEx®, your eye doctor can precisely and safely, clean and exfoliate your eyelids and lashes, which should almost immediately improve your symptoms. More importantly, by completely removing the toxins and biofilm along the lid margin, your doctor helps you avoid long-term inflammatory damage to your tear glands, helping to treat or prevent chronic dry eye syndrome. The treatment only takes a few minutes and is well tolerated. Regular treatments can effectively result in a cure of dry eye disease in many patients.