What is BlephEx Dry Eye Treatment?

by Lance Kugler, MD

What is BlephEx?

If you suffer from dry eyes, oil gland dysfunction, or allergies, our doctors will recommend ways to improve your dry eye symptoms, one being BlephEx treatment. How do you know if a BlephEx dry eye treatment is right for you? At your dry eye consultation at Kugler Vision in Omaha, Nebraska, you will undergo a series of comprehensive tests to determine the best treatment options for your unique eyes.

One treatment we offer, which you might not have heard of, is BlephEx. What is BlephEx? BlephEx is a revolutionary treatment for dry eyes and blepharitis.

The BlephEx treatment is a comfortable in-office procedure. During the procedure, our BlephEx expert uses a specialized handpiece to carefully and precisely clean along the edge of your inner eyelids and lashes. The BlephEx treatment exfoliates the inner eyelids — an area of the human body that is rarely, if ever, cleaned.

The BlephEx procedure lasts about 20 to 30 minutes. Afterward, we teach you how to maintain your clean eyelids with regular at-home cleaning. Similar to a professional removal of plaque and tartar from your teeth at the dentist’s office, BlephEx will need to be repeated periodically to maintain results.


What is Blepharitis?

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Blepharitis can be treated with BlephEx. Blepharitis is a common condition that results in inflammation affecting the eyelids and eyelashes. This condition is typically caused by:

  • Bacterial infections
  • Allergic reactions
  • Excessive oil production by glands in the eyelid
  • Poor eyelid hygiene

It can happen to anyone but is more common with age — the average age being 50 or older.

Blepharitis may lead to persistent eye irritation and increasingly worse dry eye symptoms. If you are suffering from blepharitis, you may experience:

  • Redness, irritation, and a dry or sandy feeling in your eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Itchy eyelids
  • Red or swollen eyelids
  • Flaking of the skin around the eyes
  • Crusted eyelashes upon waking

Blepharitis shares many symptoms with dry eye syndrome, including redness, irritation, and a dry or sandy feeling in the eyes.

Close up of dry and irritated red eyes


Is BlephEx Right For You?

If you are experiencing any symptoms of dry eye or blepharitis, BlephEx, a safe and effective treatment, may be a good solution for you. Schedule a dry eye consultation at Kugler Vision, and our dry eye experts can help determine your best treatment option to find relief for your dry eyes. Contact Kugler Vision at 402.558.2211 to schedule a dry eye consultation today.

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Lance Kugler, MD, is a specialist in vision correction surgery and CEO of Kugler Vision. A proud Omaha native, he is passionate about improving lives through clear vision. Dr. Kugler serves on several national boards, and his practice is recognized internationally as a center of excellence. Dr. Kugler is one of the original founders of the Refractive Surgery Alliance, an international organization comprised of over 350 of the world’s leading vision correction surgeons; he also served as its first president. In 2019, Dr. Kugler was selected as a TEDx speaker, and delivered a talk in Omaha about the worldwide epidemic of nearsightedness and refractive solutions. Dr. Kugler is an associate professor of Refractive Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Truhlsen Eye Institute, has been published in many medical journals, and participates in numerous clinical studies to advance the field of vision correction surgery. Dr. Kugler and his wife are proud parents to five active kids. When he has a spare moment, he enjoys skiing, tennis, travel, and fine coffee.

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