BlephEx: A Cleaning Procedure for Proper Eyelid Care
Fred Ellis, CEO
Everyday, our eyes are exposed to several hazardous interactions, such as air pollution, cosmetics, contact lenses, and more. These can lead to a myriad of eye disorders, the course of which may even result in irreversible damage if left untreated. Proper eyelid care can thus ensure the health of the ocular surface, but its practise among the general population is uncommon. Studies show that over 45 percent of patients do not comply with lid hygiene as instructed by their eye care professional. In many cases, this is because patients clean their eyelids by themselves without following clinically recommended practices. Furthermore, given the delicate nature of the region, it is ill advised to attempt cleaning by oneself. Against this backdrop, BlephEx, a revolutionary eye cleansing solution, helps patients maintain clean and healthy lids. BlephEx is a handpiece tool that enables eye care professionals and trained technicians to perform a painless in-office procedure to clean eyelids. “Through technology, we are making a tremendous difference in ocular health. BlephEx enables physicians to take an active role in cleaning patients’ eyelids,” mentions Fred Ellis, CEO of the company.
BlephEx is the brainchild of Dr. Jim Anderson, an ophthalmologist, who found that patients fail to follow clinically recommended lid hygiene practices. Anderson set out to change the status quo by designing a medical device that eye care professionals can use to clean their eyelids and ensure the health of the ocular surface. Later, he built a prototype, which emerged as a handy portable device for cleaning eyelids. As the product proved to be highly efficient in cleaning eyelids, he went on to commercialize the product. The handpiece can be used precisely, since it consists of a spinning soft medical-grade micro-sponge, drawn along the edge of the eyelids and lashes.
Through technology, we are making a tremendous difference in ocular health. BlephEx enables physicians to take an active role in cleaning patients’ eyelids
This procedure effectively removes years of accumulated bacterial biofilm and reduces lid debris significantly. As the device removes the biofilm, eyelids become cleaner and healthier, which is critical for normal tear production.
BlephEx comes with numerous benefits for both healthcare professionals and patients. As the product is portable and compact, eye care professionals can use it ergonomically.The device can be operated using finger-controlled buttons, which can spin the head of the device clockwise and counter-clockwise at a speed of 2500 rotations per minute. It also stops operation automatically if excess pressure is applied. Such a control mechanism allows healthcare professionals to ensure safety while performing the procedure. The head is made up of a medical-grade sponge, a material used widely by eye care professionals. Furthermore, a new and clean micro-sponge is used for each eye, each time, and the eyelids are rinsed well after cleaning, ensuring minimum risk of contamination.
Many healthcare practices utilize BlephEx to clean eyelids prior to performing surgeries. This enables them to reduce the bacterial load and prepare the ocular surface for an operation. Healthcare professionals also use the device in conjunction with many other medical procedures to treat conditions such as glaucoma. As a result, BlephEx gives eyecare professionals the control they need to clean the eyelids of their patients while ensuring maximum compliance. The procedure enables them to effectively remove accumulated bacterial biofilm much like a dental care procedure removing accumulated plaque. Moreover, eye care professionals can offer this service, utilizing the same dental care model. In addition to enhancing patient care, the product provides a fair revenue stream for practices.
Consequently, the company plans to reach out to more healthcare professionals and popularize BlephEx. With that, the company aims to improve the health of the ocular surface and enhance ocular healthcare as a whole.
Description BlephEx is an eye cleansing product that helps patients maintain clean and healthy lids. BlephEx enables eye care professionals and trained technicians to perform a painless in-office procedure to clean eyelids. BlephEx comes with numerous benefits for both healthcare professionals and patients. As the product is portable and compact, eye care professionals can use it ergonomically. The device can be operated using finger-controlled buttons. The same button spins the head of the device clockwise and counter-clockwise directions at a speed of 2500 rotations per minute. It also stops operation automatically when the pressure applied on the eyes exceed a threshold. Such a control mechanism allows healthcare professionals to ensure safety while they clean eyelids
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