The reason that the BlephEx treatment is so successful is that it completely removes the exotoxin/lipase/super-antigen laden biofilm along the lid margin. This biofilm has been building up on our patient’s lids for decades, causing low-grade inflammation and slowly tearing down and degrading tear production.
For some of you who do BlephEx with us, when you leave our office, you will have completely clean lids, biofilm free for the first time in decades. This is the critical first step in effectively treating all forms of Blepharitis and dry eye.
The biofilm is a necessary component for the Staph to become virulent. It is a multi-layered polysaccharide matrix with lots of channels, which allow for increased surface area as well as cell-to-cell communication. The density of bacteria can be greatly increased within this biofilm, which leads to quorum-sensing gene activation of virulence factors such as exotoxins, lipases and super-antigens.
Think of a low bacterial density, non-virulent, as a community of single family homes. The biofilm acts as a 20 story high-rise apartment complex, leading to a high density of bacteria, and thus virulence.
The BlephEx treatment is the “bulldozer and wrecking ball” that will destroy these apartment complexes, thus greatly decreasing the density, and therefore virulence of the bacteria.
Ocular hygiene is extremely important to the long term health of your eyes. Our in house cleaning procedure only takes a few minutes to perform, and is the perfect dry eye and Blepharitis treatment. Call Accent Eye Care today at 602-547-3255 to have a BlephEx treatment for your Blepharitis or dry eyes today.