The meibomian glands sitting in the lid edges produce the very important oily portion of the tear film. If these glands are blocked, insufficient amounts of oil are released:. This means that the tear film evaporates too quickly, causing the surface of the eye to dry out. As a result, two things happen:
Blepharitis is improved by regular eyelid cleaning, and this also improves dry eye. The aim is to reactivate any blocked sebaceous glands. In the first step, you clean the lid margin with a special solution. Then the lid edge is heated with a special eye mask. Sebum consists of fat; the warmer the fat becomes, the thinner it is. The thin liquid sebum can now be expressed from the sebaceous glands by gentle massage using gentle circular movements of the upper and lower eyelids.
A terapia BlephEx é uma limpeza profunda da margem palpebral com um dispositivo BlephEx. Esta limpeza é feita no instituto e leva cerca de 20 minutos. Em caso de inflamação acentuada das margens palpebrais, esta terapia deve ser realizada duas vezes por ano.
The cleaning takes place in 2 steps, similar to the tartar cleaning at the dentist:
Step 1: done at home. You regularly clean the eyelid edge, we show you how.
Step 2: done by us. Every 6 months the eyelid edge is professionally cleaned.
BlephEx therapy is not covered by health insurers; the costs are similar to tartar cleaning at the dentist.