Dry eye is a common and often a chronic problem that can cause serious damage if not treated. Your eyes' natural tears provide lubrication, reduce risk of eye infection, wash away any foreign matter in the eye and keep the surface of the eye smooth and clear. Tears are necessary for maintaining the health of the eye and for providing clear vision.
Cause of dry eye:
-Most people over the age of 40 experience dry eye symptoms
-Hormonal changes in women brought on by pregnancy, menopause or the use of oral contraceptives
-Medications such as antihistamines, decongestants, blood pressure-related meds and anti-depressants can also reduce the amount of tears produced in the eyes.
-Exposure to smoke, wind, and dry climates
-Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time
-Refractive eye surgeries, such as LASIK, can cause decreased tear production and dry eyes.
Symptoms of Dry Eye and Blepharitis:
-Burning, itching, or redness in the eye
-Gritty or scratchy feeling in the eye
-Sensitivity to light
-Red and swollen eyes or eyelids
-Crusting of the eyelashes
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids and is usually caused by an excess growth of bacteria that is ordinarily found on the skin, blockage of the eyelid's oil glands or occasionally, allergies
Treatment of Blepharitis and Dry Eye:
San Clemente Optometry is proud to offer BlephEx. This amazing technology is used to treat Blepharitis, 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 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. 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!
Our patients have experienced great relief of symptoms from this most prevalent eye disease. This advancement in technology has allowed us to attack the root cause of Blepharitis preventing further vision complications for our patients. Dr. Nota highly recommends it as the new standard of care for his dry eye patients.