Our dry eye clinic includes a comprehensive dry eye assessment where we discuss the root causes of your dry eye condition and the best way to manage it. Two of the root causes are discussed below:
Blepharitis is the overgrowth of bacteria along our eyelid margins that may be due to skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis and rosacea, natural aging, and allergies. It causes the formation of harmful biofilms that may form crusting around the eyelashes, and this causes a cycle of inflammation that leads to considerable long-term eye discomfort.
Meibomian Gland Dysfunction is the blockage or reduced function of oil glands within our eyelids. These oil glands are responsible for producing the oil layer of our tear film, essential for creating high-quality tears. When these glands no longer function normally, it can cause our tears to evaporate into the environment too quickly, and lead to symptoms of chronic dry eye.
Blephasteam is a safe and painless way to relieve symptoms associated with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. Blephasteam maintains the perfect therapeutic temperature and environment to melt the thickened secretions with our Meibomian glands, allow for effective in-office eyelid expression by our optometrists after each session.
The result is better production of oils required for high quality tears, and improved dry eye symptoms.
Blephasteam treatments may require repeating depending on the severity of your dry eye conditions. For milder cases of dry eye, we may recommend you first try warm compresses and lid massage at home.
BlephEx is a safe, painless and fast way to effectively clean and exfoliate your eyelids and eyelashes; an important part of the management of Blepharitis. This in-office procedure completely removes the exotoxin-laden biofilm along the eyelid margin. This biofilm is responsible for the majority of inflammatory blepharitis, a primary cause of chronic dry eye.
The cleaning agent used during the BlephEx procedure contains tea tree oil and coconut oil to act as a natural, effective way of removing the biofilm.
BlephEx sessions are often coupled with a Blephasteam treatment beforehand for maximum effect.
To book in for a comprehensive dry eye assessment and discuss the best long-term management plan for your condition, click the link below to book a comprehensive eye test with us. Alternatively you can call us during business hours on (02) 4284 0604.