1. How does BlephEx® work?
Answer: Blepharitis and Dry Eye is caused by a low-grade, chronic inflammation of the eyelids, that gets worse throughout a patients lifetime.
BlephEx® is a doctors eyelid cleaning procedure. The cleaning procedure should be repeated every 4 to 6 months.
2. Where can I get a BlephEx® procedure performed?
Answer: BlephEx® is performed in doctors offices all over the world. On our website go to our DOCTOR LOCATOR MAP (make this an active link) to find a practice near you who performs the cleaning procedure. Enter your zip code or use the + (plus) button to simply zoom in to your area.
3. Does insurance cover the cost?
Answer: No, BlephEx® is a brand new cleaning procedure for dry eye and is not covered by insurance. It is a private pay procedure.
4. How much will it cost?
Answer: We don't keep track of what offices charge for BlephEx®. Each practice is different depending on geographic location. The best thing to do is to call the practice near you and find out.
5. How common is blepharitis or dry eye disease?
Answer: It has been estimated that up to 2/3 of all patients walking into an eye doctors office have some level of lid margin disease.
6. How many times should I have the BlephEx® procedure performed?
Answer: Just like the mouth is full of bacteria and needs constant and regular hygiene to prevent gingivitis, so do the eyelids need constant and regular hygiene to help prevent, as part of a healthy lifestyle, the risk of blepharitis and dry eye. It is recommended that BlephEx® be repeated every 4 to 6 months.
7. Does BlephEx® hurt?
Answer: Your doctor will put in numbing drops which make the cleaning procedure more comfortable. Most patients report a tickling sensation, but no pain. The harder your doctor presses on your lids during the cleaning procedure, the MORE comfortable the cleaning procedure will be!
8. Will BlephEx® cleaning procedure interfere with my glaucoma medicines?
Answer: No, it is recommended you continue all of your other drops that any eye doctor has you on.
9. Can I perform BlephEx® at home?
Answer: No, due to the close proximity of the eye, BlephEx® is only to be performed by a professional eye care specialist or trained staff, in an office or hospital setting.
10. I wear contact lenses. Should I have a BlephEx® procedure on my eyelids?
Answer: Absolutely yes. Contact lens wearers are 10 times more likely to develop an early biofilm and will get inflammatory damage to their tear glands much earlier in life. Having regular BlephEx® cleaning procedures performed every 6 months will keep your eyelids healthy.