Since there is no “once and you're done” cure for blepharitis, consistent and effective treatment is the key to making sure that flare ups are kept to an absolute minimum. Dr. Prajapati recommends a regular regimen of eyelid hygiene, supplemented by occasional visits to Triangle Family Eye Care for a cutting edge blepharitis treatment called Blephex. Below, Dr. Prajapati briefly outlines each:
Your first line of defense against flare ups of blepharitis is proper eyelid hygiene. Regular eyelid hygiene is possibly the most important part of treatment of blepharitis. A proper daily regimen of eyelid hygiene should consist of 3 parts that will help clean the eyelids and remove debris: heat, massage and cleansing.
You should begin your eyelid hygiene regimen by applying a warm cloth or specialty heat pad to your eyes for 5-10 minutes. The purpose of applying this moderate heat to the eyes is to soften the skin and encourage the flow of oils from your meibomian glands. This will free up dirt and bacteria that builds up when these oils are not flowing properly.
After you are done applying this heat to your eyelids, you should massage them immediately. This will help to push the oils out that have just been freed up by the heat. You should massage with your eyes shut, applying moderate pressure. Follow the length of the upper and lower eyelids towards the eye, repeating the massage 5 to 10 times over the course of 30 seconds or so.
Finally, clean your eyelids thoroughly. You can use diluted baby soap on a cotton bud, specialty eyelid scrubs or simply cool water that has been recently boiled. No one method has been proven to be better than the others, so choose whichever option is most comfortable and effective for you.
Blephex is a revolutionary new procedure that helps clear away residue more effectively than normal at-home eyelid hygiene. It is a convenient, pain-free procedure performed in-office by Dr. Prajapati, that cleans the eyelids and prevents continued growth of blepharitis. Using a patented Blephex handpiece to spin a medical grade micro-sponge along the eyelids and lashes, Dr. Prajapati will remove debris that causes toxin buildup and exfoliate the eyelids and lashes. To ensure the highest level of cleanliness and hygiene, the micro sponge is discarded after each individual treatment.
Usually, the procedure lasts no more than 8 minutes and is quite comfortable for the patient, with a slight tickling sensation sometimes mentioned. Often, numbing drops are used to further promote patient comfort.
For more information about how best to prevent blepharitis and deal with flare ups, speak with Dr. Prajapati today.