Alcon announced last week that it agreed to a partnership providing it exclusive rights to sell the BlephEx technology and accompanying products.
BlephEx’s eyelid cleaning device and the LashCam iR WiFi camera are set to join Alcon’s Systane iLux technology to meet the ocular surface health needs of patients in an office setting, according to a news release. Alcon picked up the exclusive U.S. rights, effective May 1, 2021.
As a micro-blepharoexfoliation device, the BlephEx handpiece spins a soft, medical-grade micro-sponge along the edge of the eyelids and lashes to remove scurf and debris in a 6-8 minute in-office procedure.
The LashCam iR instantly transmits high-resolution 80X magnification images of eyelid margins and can complement the BlephEx and Systane iLux procedures by allowing doctors to show patients their meibomian gland structure to improve patient education, Alcon said.
”Since launch, Systane iLux and the wrap-around support programs have provided practice and patient benefits around the country,” Alcon head of dry eye devices Fred Ellis said in the release. “While this has been a great source of pride for Alcon, we want to continue providing solutions that help eye care professionals address a range of ocular surface issues.
“Our partnership with BlephEx will increase in-office options during a time when we are seeing more ocular surface issues, and put another tool in the arsenal to address unmet patient needs.”