Blepharitis is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the eyelids. It can be caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria living along the lid and the base of the eyelashes. Other etiologies include allergies, viruses, congenital, neoplasms as well as trauma. Any dog can get blepharitis at any age, but the prevalence increases with age. Certain breeds are also predisposed to getting blepharitis due to the shape of the muzzle and face.
Blepharitis causes a crustiness or discharge along the eyelid, and can create a sticky/scaly environment that traps dead skin cells and other debris among the eyelashes. This environment can lead to itching and irritation causing the dog to constantly rub or scratch at the eyes, possibly damaging the lid margin and it's structures. Since the eyelids are difficult to clean, this overgrowth of bacteria, scurf and debris can accumulate over many years. Chronic untreated blepharitis can result in thickened eyelids along with loss of pigmentation and hair.
Now, thanks to BlephEx®, your vet can directly clean and exfoliate the eyelids and lashes, which will almost immediately improve your dogs symptoms and help control the long-term damage to the tear glands and lid structures.