There is no cure for blepharitis, and so the mainstay of treatment at all stages is lid hygiene to control the bacterial build-up. Other treatments such as antibiotics, steroids and ocular lubrication may also be necessary for different sequelae of the condition.
BlephexTM is a medical device used to control blepharitis. It has been shown to be a viable alternative to the traditional time-consuming methods of lid hygiene such as eyelid scrubs. BlephexTM is a form of microexfoliation along the edge of the eyelids and lashes to remove biofilm collections. The procedure is well tolerated with eye drop anaesthesia, taking under 10 minutes, and is repeated every 4-6 months depending on the clinical response. Studies have shown that at 4 weeks there is an improvement in dry eye symptom scoring systems, tear film stability and meibomian gland function. It is also a useful tool for cleaning the eyelids and eyelashes to prevent biofilm build-up in the absence of blepharitis or in the early stages of the disease.