The chronic inflammation caused by biofilms not only damage your tear glands leading to blepharitis and dry eye. It also damages the elasticity of the tissue of your eyelids leading to early wrinkles, puffiness, sagging, redness, and wetness (in early stages of the disease) making you look older than you really are.
Do your eyes look red and wet all of the time? This is inflammation (blepharitis) of your lid margins causing irritation and excess tearing making you look old and tired, with premature wrinkling. Later, this inflammation will shut down your tear glands and make your eyelids sag and turn red. You might say that biofilm removal is the secret to the FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH!
We offer BlephEx as the lid debridement technique of choice. All treatments start with removing the years of biofilm accumulation from your eyelids, and nothing works better than BlephEx. This eliminates the source of dry eyes and blepharitis, and by removing it's food source, can help get rid of Demodex.
Biofilm is a great food source for a tiny mite called Demodex. This small creature lives along your eyelashes and causes itching, irritation and generalized discomfort. See picture below.
Our eye doctor will remove the meibofilm (biofilm mixed with diseased meibum) from your meibomian glands. This is critical to effectively treating your blepharitis and dry eyes. Doing so eliminates the inflammatory toxins that are being produced within the glands. We tailor a gland expression technique to meet you budget. Manual, ILux and LipiFlow are the choices we offer.
Demodex is a tiny mite that lives along the eyelid in those with heavy biofilm. It can cause itching, redness, irritation and discomfort.
This is a Demodex living along an eyelash. The only way to successfully get rid of this pest is to remove it's biofilm food source utilizing a BlephEx treatment.
If the Demodex is not removed, it can eventually lead to eyelids that look like this.