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Blephex for Blepharitis

Blephex for Blepharitis

Brain Vision Institute is pleased to offer advanced treatment for blepharitis, BlephEx™. This device provides powerful, painless and effective treatment for those suffering from an inflammation of the eyelids that causes red, irritated and swollen eyes. If you have been diagnosed with blepharitis, or suspect you may have it, get in touch with us and we’ll provide you with the relief you need.

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis (blef-uh-RYE-tis) is a common eyelid inflammation that can develop at any age. Blepharitis typically occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes become clogged, leading to swollen, irritated and red eyes. Several diseases and conditions can cause blepharitis, such as dry eyes. Blepharitis doesn’t result in permanent vision damage and is not contagious.

What Are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?

A few typical symptoms include:

  • itchy, sore and red eyelids that stick together
  • crusty or greasy eyelashes
  • a burning, gritty sensation in your eyes
  • increased sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • swollen eyelid margins
  • wearing contact lenses become unbearable
  • abnormal eyelash growth or loss of eyelashes in severe cases

How Does BlephEx Treat Blepharitis?

tired eyesWhen properly performed, BlephEx reduces and alleviates uncomfortable blepharitis symptoms. The treatment is repeated at regular intervals depending on the severity of the condition. By eliminating the root cause of blepharitis, the overall health of the eyelid will be significantly improved and will allow you to produce more tears and enjoy life without the chronic and irritating symptoms associated with blepharitis.

How Does Blephex Work?

BlephEx is a painless in-office procedure performed by Dr. Maggie. It works by removing excess bacteria and toxins that live along the lash margin that cause inflammation and eyelid disease. The BlephEx handpiece precisely and carefully spins a medical-grade disposable micro-sponge along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, discarding any debris and exfoliating your eyelids. A micro-sponge is used for each eye individually, so as not to spread bacteria between the eyelids. The procedure takes about 6-8 minutes to complete and is well-tolerated by the patient. Numbing drops are placed in the eyes prior to treatment for increased comfort. After the procedure, the patient will be instructed on ways to maintain clean eyelids by following nightly eyelid hygiene.

How Many Times Must BlephEx Be Performed?

The eyelids require a regular hygiene practice to prevent blepharitis and dry eye disease from recurring. It is recommended that BlephEx be administered every 4 – 6 months in order to keep bacteria to a minimum and to prevent the biofilm from developing again. Once the treatments are stopped, the biofilm will typically redevelop, leading to inflammation and damaged tear glands all over again.

Does Insurance Cover the Cost of BlephEx?

BlephEx is a relatively new treatment for dry eyes and is not typically covered by insurance, though you can certainly try to submit it. Even when paying privately, it is still less costly than a years’ worth of eye drops, artificial tears, ointments, and so on.

How Soon Will I Notice a Difference?

Depending on the stage and severity of the condition, patients tend to feel a difference right after the treatment. However, if you’ve experienced significant damage to your tear glands due to blepharitis, it may take several months before observing any changes in your condition. Certain people may require multiple treatments before they begin to heal. Nightly hygiene and repeat treatments will treat, cure and prevent a recurrence.

Does Blephex Have Any Side Effects?

There will only be positive effects following the treatment. You will have removed years, if not decades, of biofilm from your eyelids and will be able to comfortably blink without having your eyelids feel sticky. Contact us to schedule your BlephEx appointment at Brain Vision Institute and to consult with Dr. Maggie for a proper eyelid evaluation. Brain Vision Institute serves patients in Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Arlington Heights, and throughout Illinois.

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Vitamin Supplements for Dry Eyes

Dry eye syndrome occurs when your eyes don’t produce enough tears, or the tears are of poor quality. It can cause burning, stinging, and irritation in your eyes.

Fortunately, there are several ways to manage your dry eye symptoms, like consuming vitamin supplements.

While research on supplements for dry eyes is still evolving, studies indicate that some vitamins may help prevent and relieve dry eye symptoms.

Vitamin Supplements For Dry Eye Prevention

While eating a nutritious diet contributes to good eye health, it’s not always easy to get all the nutrients you need from meals at the dinner table. If you’ve been diagnosed with dry eye syndrome, you may want to consider taking vitamin supplements to alleviate dry eye symptoms.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A helps protect the surface of the eye by being an effective barrier to bacteria and viruses, reducing the risk of eye infections. Vitamin A deficiency, which occurs mainly among disadvantaged groups, is primarily caused by food deprivation. In some areas of the world, up to 50% of preschool children don’t get enough of this essential vitamin.

Vitamin A deficiency can increase your chances of developing dry eye disease. By consuming foods rich in vitamin A, like carrots, spinach, tomatoes and other orange and yellow fruits and vegetables, you can help prevent dry eye. Eye drops containing vitamin A can also be an effective treatment for dry eyes.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus. It can be triggered by the sun (when exposed to the sun, your skin produces vitamin D) and is found in supplements and certain foods.

Vitamin D deficiency can cause dry eye symptoms since it’s associated with poor tear quality and tear film dysfunction. According to a study published in the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, vitamin D supplements may help reduce inflammation of the eye’s surface.

Research has also shown vitamin D supplementation to boost the effectiveness of lubricating eye drops, while oral vitamin D supplements increased tear quality and reduced dry eye symptoms.

Omega 3

According to a 2019 study, conducted by the University of Melbourne, omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to significantly reduce inflammation which may alleviate dry eye symptoms, like irritation and pain. Because omega 3 reduces the inflammatory response of the body, this ensures that meibomian glands in the eyelids secret oil into the tears, which, in turn, prevents the tears from evaporating too quickly.

Fish, leafy vegetables, vegetable oil, soybeans, nuts, and seeds are excellent sources of omega 3. Fish oil and flaxseed oil supplements also contain high doses of this fatty acid.

Links between vitamins and minerals and dry eyes are becoming increasingly apparent as more studies are conducted. However, further research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms and establish the optimum treatments to benefit people with dry eyes.

Do you or someone you love suffer from dry eye syndrome? Contact Brain Vision Institute to consult with an eye doctor who will be happy to advise on the potential benefits of consuming vitamin supplements and increasing certain foods in your diet.

Brain Vision Institute is pleased to offer lasting and effective dry eye treatments so that you can enjoy eye and vision comfort for a more enjoyable quality of life.

Brain Vision Institute serves patients from Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Arlington Heights, all throughout Illinois.

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Vitamins and Foods That Relieve Dry Eye Syndrome

Approximately 16 million Americans have dry eye syndrome. Symptoms of dry eye—other than the obvious eye dryness—include grittiness, burning, irritation and difficulty reading or looking at a screen for long periods of time. Studies have shown that certain foods help the eyes stay properly hydrated.

Specific vitamins, fatty acids and trace elements are good not only for our overall health but also for our tear film.

Omega Fatty Acids For Dry Eye

Omega fatty acids are responsible for forming the stabilizing oil layer in the tear film. If this outer layer of the lubricating film is disrupted, it can lead to dry eye symptoms like burning, redness and itchiness. In addition, omega fatty acids have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Foods high in omega fatty acids include:

  • Fish. cod, mackerel, salmon, trout
  • Meat. red meat, pork liver
  • Oils. canola oil, rapeseed oil, sunflower oil, walnut oil,
  • Other animal products. cheese, eggs

Vitamins for Dry Eye

Below is a list of vitamins that help with dry eye and boosts general eye health.

  • Vitamin A (retinol) helps protect the surface of the eye. Vitamin A deficiency, which usually occurs in developing countries, can cause an increase in dry eye. By adding foods rich in Vitamin A, like carrots, pumpkins, apricots, spinach, tomatoes, dairy products and liver, you can prevent the development of this condition.
  • Vitamin B2 protects your eyes from cell damage. It is found in broccoli, avocados, dairy products and whole-grain products.
  • Vitamin B6 is needed for a healthy tear film. Foods such as kale, potatoes, goose, mackerel, salmon and sardines contain high doses of vitamin B6.
  • Vitamin B12 is also important for lubricating the eyes. It’s typically found in mackerel, beef liver, calf’s liver and pork liver. It is also found in dairy products and eggs, though in smaller amounts.
  • Vitamin C protects against oxidative stress and plays an important role in maintaining a functioning tear film. It can be found in peppers, broccoli, rosehip, acerola berries and brussels sprouts.
  • Vitamin E is necessary to protect your eyes against cell damage as well as dry eye. This vitamin is prominently found in sunflower oil, mackerel, wheat germ oil, peppers, spinach, mangos and redcurrants.

Lutein and Zeaxanthin

Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that help cells function correctly and stay healthy. They help prevent many chronic eye diseases, including dry eye syndrome. Foods rich in these antioxidants include leafy greens like romaine lettuce, kale and spinach. They are also available as supplements.

Zinc for Eye Health

Zinc plays an important role in keeping your eyes healthy. This mineral is responsible for getting vitamin A from your liver to your retina and produces melanin, a pigment that protects your eyes. Dairy, whole grains, nuts, sweetcorn, peas and lentils are all excellent sources of zinc.

Drink Water to Hydrate Your Eyes

Lastly, drink water. While it may seem obvious, many of us forget to drink enough water. Staying hydrated can help improve eye comfort and is vital for your kidneys, bowels and radiant-looking skin.

Eating healthy and staying hydrated helps to ensure your eyes get the vitamins and minerals they need. So go ahead and protect your vision, improve eye health and relieve your dry eye symptoms by adding these nutrients to your diet. However, remember to always consult your eye doctor before taking any supplements.

Contact Brain Vision Institute to learn more and to explore our effective and lasting treatments to relieve your dry eyes so you can live your best life.

Our practice serves patients from Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Arlington Heights, Illinois and surrounding communities.
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