BlephEx®...The first and Only Doctor Treatment to Help Maintain Clean and Healthy Lids
- Over 50% of all patients suffer from some type of dry eye and blepharitis symptoms.
- BlephEx® is a new, in-office procedure that allows your doctor to take an active role in helping prevent dry eye and blepharitis.
- BlephEx® cleans excess bacteria, biofilm and bacterial toxins, the main causes of inflammatory dry eye and lid disease.
- With regular treatments, patients can finally reduce their risk of returning symptoms associated with dry eye and blepharitis.
- The BlephEx® treatment is well tolerated and only takes a few minutes to perform.
- BlephEx® can save the patient hundreds of dollars in the costs of prescription drops and artificial tears.
I have several autoimmune diseases and suffer from dry, uncomfortable eyes. I was so excited when my husband, Dr. Thomas C. McIntosh told me he was adding the BlephEx treatment as a service to our patients. He and my daughter completed the training in Raleigh, NC and I looked forward with anticipation to receiving my first treatment.
I was not disappointed! On the day of my first treatment, I was a bit anxious. All of my anxiety was completely eased, as the procedure was comfortable and to my surprise, quite relaxing! I compare it to a "spa procedure". As soon as my right eye was complete, I immediately noticed how "dirty" my left eye felt and could hardly wait for the treatment on the left eye to begin. After the treatment was completed, my eyes felt so fresh and clean. The BlephEx will certainly be a regular procedure for me every few months.
- Carolina Vision Care
"As an Eye Care Professional I did not know exactly what was causing my dry eyes. I did not have visable blepharitis and my glands did not look clogged, so when I had the BlephEx treatment and my eyelids expressed, I did not expect any big improvements, but my TBUT went from 4 seconds to 12 seconds in a 2 week period."
"Our office has had tremendous success combining the Oculus K5N, Eye Eco dry eye masks, and the BlephEx treatment. We feel the combination of treatments has elevated our dry eye level of care to new heights."
- Kevin Whaley, LDO
Practice Administrator The Eye Doctors
“I was the first volunteer that you demonstrated the procedure on last night. The next morning my eyes were a little irritated when I stopped by the booth and bought the kit. By that evening my eyes were better. This morning and all day today my lids were not red, I actually felt moisture in my eyes when I woke up, and my conjunctivae were white. This is amazing! For the first time in decades my eyes look and feel good! I have not had to use a lubricating drop all day, and I usually use them every day. I was doing the Bruder mask every night with massage afterwards. I did not do lid scrubs much because they never seemed to work. I was about ready to go on Restasis, but have been delaying because of the cost. I also have used steroids and gotten short term relief. Punctal plugs also helped, but I could feel them, so had them removed. Finally I have found something that addresses the root of the problem and actually works! This is going to revolutionize my patient care. Thank you.”
- Michael Moorehead, O.D.
Hamilton Eyecare Center
“After 100 procedures performed, I can tell you the wonderful results in killing Mites. BlephEx is an amazing product for managing patients with ocular surface disease. Not only does it clean the palpebral margin, but it also massages the MB glands. I really love BlephEx, as does my patients.”
- Sarah Veronica Benchimol, Benchimol Eye Clinic, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
“We have now had the BlephEx unit for about a month. In order to implement BlephEx into our office we did several steps. The first step was we dedicated a staff meeting to go over the reasons we are now doing BlephEx and how it was going to help our patients. Dr. Picken did the procedure on myself so the staff could watch. This allowed them to help understand how the procedure worked. We then put videos in each exam room that we obtained from your website. When a patient comes in for an exam and has any dry eye complaints the technician has them fill out the SPEED dry eye questionnaire and they are shown the video before the doctor sees them. If it is found during the exam that they are good candidates, we take pictures of their meibomian glands and blepharitis on their lids using the keratograph 5M. This helps the patient understand what is going on. After showing the pictures, doing the questionnaire and being told about the new procedure we have had very little resistance in going forward with the treatment. In three weeks we have done 15 procedures and patients coming back have been very pleased. We have started some on Cliradex at two weeks and explain at the procedure this is necessary if Demodex is the cause. The patients coming back being very pleased has made the entire office buy into the procedure. Thank you for giving us this new weapon to treat dry eyes.”
- Bill Welder, OD
“I am excited to get started with BlephEx. I did a treatment on my husband, who has been blessed with horrible Bleph/MGD, and he did it on me. (He is an MD). Then I offered it for free to two of my worst patients. People love to hear about my husbands treatment, and the I am seeing the first of my other two patients next week. I take pictures using a digital AS camera and also documented my husbands treatment using digital stills. Plan to use these images on our Facebook and page and website, as well as an article for Optometry Times.”
- Tracy Swartz, OD
“BlephEx has fundamentally changed the way we practice. Its become an essential element for managing blepharitis and I use it routinely for debridement of the lids prior to manual expression or LipiFlow for MGD. It has definitely improved outcomes and makes a tremendous difference in patient comfort. I could not practice without it.”
- Art Epstein, OD
“I have been using BlephEx for only a few months also and am really happy with it. I tried it out on my staff first and they gave me lots of great feedback regarding comfort and I was able to use this information with patients. I did the treatment on one lady recently and a few hours later she called from the car elated, saying that "her eyes felt the best they had in months and her vision had already improved". I was surprised by that rapid improvement but very pleased that the treatment worked so fast for her.”
- Bridget A. Sundell, MD
“My practice acquired the BlephEx in January 2015. I used my mother as a "test" patient prior to purchasing the unit. She has grade 3-4 blepharitis. My mother felt immediately better after the procedure. After trying countless tear formulations, Restasis, and lid scrubs, nothing really worked to help her dryness and blepharitis. BlephEx has been truly helpful for her and it was worth the purchase if not only to just help my mother! To encourage sales in my office, I sent a mailing out to my blepharitis and dry eye patients. Within the first week of the mailing, calls were coming in to book the procedure. So far, I am very happy with my purchase of BlephEx!”
- Alexandra Kostick, MD
“I really like everything about this procedure, I believe that I can finally have some effect on a nagging problem that is a root cause of many aspects of external ocular disease. It's certainly not glamorous but it gets down into the trench and begins the heavy lifting. Thanks for starting a new procedure that we should have had at least 35 yrs ago.”
- Lewis Kizer O.D.
"We have had our Blephex system for about 2 months. Before the system arrived, I had made a list of potential patients that would benefit from the treatment. As soon as it arrived my OD student intern and I reviewed the instructional materials/videos and started booking. We have treated over 20 patients in the last month. 19 out of the 20 have noted significant improvement of symptoms (you can’t please everyone). Many are looking forward to the next treatment! An added bonus is that my intern has a new technique for treating MGD and blepharitis"
- Bruce Lidkea, OD
"We are loving our Blephex. It was a little slow to get started, so I offered free treatments to 3 of my worst dry eye and blepharitis patients. That's all it took. We now have a real buzz going. The staff is enthusiastic, and patients are bringing in their family members and friends. A few people are already scheduling their next treatments several months out."
- Julie S. Lee, MD
President, Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
“I have found great success with the use of the BlephEx device not only for anterior blepharitis cleaning and treatment in cases of staphylococcal and demodex blepharitis, but also to remove biofilms from the lower eyelid margin in patients with MGD. The clinical effectiveness and response from patients has been remarkable”
- Paul Karpecki, OD
I started doing Blephex in April after talking with Dr. Walter Fried at ASCRS.
I find the procedure very easy to perform in the office setting and the success rate is high. I specialize in dry eye treatment, and I like most corneal specialists I have patients who have been refractory to all therapy (hot compresses, lid scrubs, Restasis, steroids, plugs, tears, Doxy, and more exotic treatments, such as meibomian gland probing and autologus serum.)
I offered Blephex to a patient 2 months ago who has had the entire gamut of treatment with minimal improvement. Her chief complaint was that she could not read for more than 5 minutes without her vision getting blurry. I saw her last week and she was ecstatic because she could now read without blurry vision. She is an avid reader, and was thrilled that she could enjoy her books.
I saw a patient today for whom I had recommended MG probing in the past but she felt it would be to painful and she declined treatment. She is 85 with heavily blocked MG, and I was worried that her glands were too atrophied for an adequate treatement response. I treated her 2 weeks ago and I saw her today and this was the first time in 5 years when she felt that her eyes were not burning all day.
- Brett Levinson, MD
Corneal and Anterior Segment Surgery
The procedure itself is very easy to use. The entire office staff is quite comfortable in performing the treatment on patients. We have treated several patients that have found it to be very soothing and beneficial. BlephEx seems to be a great addition to our dryeye and blepharitis treatments.
Thanks for your time,
- Sara Cullen
Office Manager Wyandotte Optical
Dr. Dan Stein
I have a dedicated Dry Eye Clinic and see many patients with moderate to severe Meibomian Gland Dysfunction / blepharitis associated with their Dry Eye. Most of the patients have a difficult time with proper "lid hygiene" or are simply non-compliant. Since this is such an important part of the treatment for evaporative Dry Eye, a lot of these individuals don't experience as much improvement as they should.
The Blephex device has proven to be a fantastic addition to our treatment options...patients rave about how "clean" and "light" their eyes feel and show clear cut improvement on exam. I have used this alone and in conjunction with IPL treatments and find it to be a great way to jump start the process of reversing the spiral of chronic blepharitis / Dry Eye...it's quick and easy for both patient and clinician and I highly recommend it. We bought two units which greatly simplifies and speeds up the process of changing tips between lids allowing us to easily fit patients into our busy schedules. This is a real winner!
- James F Collins MD
The Center for Eye Care and Optical
“BlephEx™ is a very useful addition to the lid hygiene / dry eye armamentarium. The device effectively clears debris from the lashes and lid margins and to my surprise contributes to down-regulating inflammation along with a subjective improvement in symptoms. I can only conclude that lid debris contains toxins that contribute to inflammation. BlephEx™ is an effective device for cleaning the lids and worth using in those who have accumulation of collarettes and debris."
- Sheraz Daya, MD FACP FACS FRCS(Ed) FRCOphth
Chairman and Medical Director, Centre for Sight, UK
The BlephEx treatment has made the treatment and management of Blepharitis and Meibomian Gland Disfunction in my office much more effective for my patients.
I use the BlephEx to remove excessive scurf in eyelashes and to open meibomian glands which are capped or not easily expressed. Starting with this deep initial cleaning makes in-home treatments much more effective. Even patients who don't realize that they have an issue have noticed improvement in the way their eyes feel after just one treatment followed by lid hygiene at home.
The BlephEx procedure is easy to preform and usually very comfortable for the patients. Some say it feels like a good massage, some say it tickles little, no one reports pain.
BlephEx can also provide a new revenue stream and set you apart as a specialist in treatment of dry, red or irritated eyes.
I have enjoyed introducing Blephex to my patients and do not regret making an investment in this new procedure.
- Eileen Linder, O.D.
Eye to Eye Optometry Group, Antioch, California
I have used Blephex on several of my patients since acquiring it after AAO in situations with moderate dry eye and/or blepharitis. It has been of substantial benefit to my patients with effects persisting for over 4 months. It has opened up the tear glands and reduced corneal staining and symptoms. It is easy to perform and there is no pain. It has been a great addition to my "bag of tricks" for these frustrating situations. I highly recommend.
- Bala Ambati, MD
Blephex has been an extremely exciting option to be able to offer my blepharitis/dry eye patients at The Dry Eye Center at Hudson Valley Eye Surgeons. Unlike many of the unreasonably priced new options for treating blepharitis, this is something ALL my blepharitis patients can take advantage of.
I am extremely skeptical of new added dry eye services but was so impressed with the almost immediate improvement in symptoms I see in most patients. I was equally impressed by the number of patients looking forward to the treatment every few months. This is now an important tool in our dry eye treatment plan.
- Daniel Brocks, MD
We talk to Eye docs around the country about business and life as an OD entrepreneur. Amazingly everyone faces similar challenges, and we are no different. In our office we are constantly looking for different ways to help patients while adding revenue to our practice.
Ever since we have implemented Blephex to our practice we have found a new income generator for our office that patients talk about with their family and friends. The demonstration models are valuable for telling the right story and we have generated a real buzz around grimy eyelids!
We have performed the procedure numerous times and each time there have been noticeable differences in comfort and appearance of the lids. We are excited to add Blephex to our practice model and are excited to grow this niche.
- Dr Vincente Calderón
iCare & Eyewear 2742a E Tremont. Ave., Bronx, NY 10461 - www.ODEntrepreneur.com / 347-iCare-80
Bleph-Ex is a great tool to remove scales and debris found in moderate to severe blepharitis. It is an important part of our dry eye protocol. Our patients find the procedure easily to tolerate and report a significant improvement in the eyes following the procedure. Bleph-Ex has changed the way we treat seborrhea type blepharitis.
- Trevor Miranda, OD
South Cowichan Eyecare, Optometrists - www.myeyecare.ca
Cobble Hill, BC
After years of struggling with patients with significant amounts of blepharitis, I now find that I can virtually eliminate the presence of active blepharitis discharge with the BlephEx procedure. Patients tell us that they feel like we have given their eyelids the best massage ever but therapeutically, it works to jump start the blepharitis treatment protocol. Patients are happy as the irritation and discharge is gone and it makes their home care that much easier than before. The procedure is easy to perform and the results are wonderful.
- John L. Schachet, OD
Eyecare Consultants Vision Source - Englewood, CO
I see at least three or four patients every morning who have a blepharitis related complaint. If I look carefully under high slit lamp power, I invariably find evidence of Demodex, even if it is only slightly swollen lash orifices with tiny protuberances that looks like a small tails. Upon examination of these lashes under a microscope, I have always found living or dead Demodex. Every one of my symptomatic patients have felt better after BlephEx treatment, and those who had complained of intermittent blurred vision tell me that it has resolved. For those patients that I asked to start manual lid scrubs before the BlephEx treatment, I notice that I do a more thorough treatment than they do. I also have cataract referrals who come in with symptomatic blepharitis. It is very nice to be able to thoroughly clean their lids before going on to surgery. So far, the patients I have treated with blurry vision and marginal cataracts, such that I wasn't sure about the need for surgery, saw well enough after the BlephEx procedure that they decided they didn't need cataract surgery.
- Dr. Walter Fried, MD
Sure Vision Eye Center - Gurnee, IL
My experience with Blephex to date has been fantastic.
- Dr Jim Kokkinakis, OD
Senior Lecturer University of NSW - The Eye Practice - www.theeyepractice.com.au
“BlephEx treatment has been a marvelous addition to our armamentarium for the management of blepharitis, meibomian gland disease and other forms of ocular surface anomalies. The procedure is comfortable, easy to perform and highly effective.
Our experiences with BlephEx treatment have been quite impressive in the management of both clinical findings and subjective symptoms when used in conjunction with a comprehensive treatment approach.”
- S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO
North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd., President and Medical Director - www.nsvc.com
National Keratoconus Institute, President and Medical Director - www.nkci.org
EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute