What is Lid Debridement?

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What is Lid Debridement?

By aitkineyeca32139567, Mar 13 2020 03:00PM

What is Lid Debridement?

Lid debridement is a treatment for dry eyes. It is a procedure for removing the accumulation of debris and biofilm that collects on the surfaces of the lid margins and contributes to meibomian gland obstruction and ocular surface inflammation, the major causes of dry eye symptoms.

Lid debridement is performed in our office. First the lids are warmed for several minutes to soften and loosen the debris. Next, a numbing drop is instilled to make the procedure more comfortable. Then a small, rotating, sponge that has been soaked in a lid cleansing solution is used to gently remove the debris and biofilm from the lid margins. It may take several “passes” to remove all the debris and biofilm.

The actual debridement takes less than 10 minutes.

Most patients note some mild irritation of their eyes and eyelids for the first 1-2 days, but then notice a reduction in dry eye symptoms. It is important to follow the instructions from your doctor to reduce the chances of debris and biofilm building up again. The procedure can be performed periodically as part of a recurring ocular surface hygiene program.

To find out if lid debridement is right for you, simply schedule an appointment with any of our doctors.

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