Clinical efficacy of microblepharoexfoliation in meibomian gland dysfunction patients

Hyeong Ju Byeon, Ikhyun Jun, Kyoung Yul Seo, Eung Kweon Kim, Tae Im Kim

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Purpose: To assess the clinical efficacy of microblepharoexfolication using BlephEx™ (Scope Ophthalmics, London, UK) in meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) patients. Methods: We performed a prospective study involving 48 eyes of 24 patients who were diagnosed with MGD. All patients were treated with BlephEx™ for 8-10 minutes, and the ocular surface disease index (OSDI), tear break-up time (TBUT), Schirmer's I test, corneal staining score, lid margin abnormality, MGD score, and lipid thickness layer using the Lipiview II (TearScience, Morrisville, NC, USA) were assessed before treatment and after one month. Results: Significant changes were observed after microblepharoexfoliation using BlephEx™. The TBUT improved from 2.65 ± 1.16 to 3.77 ± 1.80 after 1 month (p < 0.001) and the OSDI improved from 38.83 ± 17.13 to 18.67 ± 15.01 after 1 month (p < 0.001). Before and after 1 month of treatment, the lid margin abnormalities were 2.98 ± 1.16 and 2.50 ± 1.01 (p < 0.001) and the MGD scores were 21.60 ± 6.95 and 18.02 ± 6.68 (p = 0.001), respectively. Conclusions: BlephEx™ improved the patients' ocular surface symptoms, MGD score, and TBUT. Using steroid eye drops, there was a synergistic effect in improvement. Therefore, using BlephEx™ may be suggested as a treatment option for MGD patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)603-609
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Korean Ophthalmological Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jun

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  • Ophthalmology


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