Hello, my name is John Waddington and I am a director at Eyewear Accessories.
I also suffer from dry eyes caused by Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD).
My dry eye symptoms have worsened in recent months to the point that I struggle with computer use for any prolonged period and hate being outdoors in the wind.
My eyes feel sore as if someone just punched me in the face, and my vision has frequently been blurry for much of the time that I am awake.
After a recommendation from one of our dry eye customers, I have been trialling Blephasteam over the last week and this is my experience of the product so far.
It's all in a name!
Blephasteam has been on my radar for a few years, but I was put off buying it because of the price tag and the look of the thing. There was also the product name which to me conjured up an image of undergoing a rather extreme experience involving clouds of steam!
As regards the product name, I can reassure you that the temperature in the goggles is gentle and that clouds of steam are not involved. It's actually rather a soothing, relaxing experience and neither the heat (regulated at 42° C) or moisture are unpleasant.
The other part of the name indicates appropriately that Blephasteam is effective in the treatment of posterior blepharitis.
Blephasteam in use
The process of using Blephasteam is straightforward enough, particularly once you've tried it a couple of times.
First you have to warm up the goggles to the preset temperature that is ideal for unclogging the Meibomian glands. This takes 15 minutes after plugging in the device and pressing the On button.
I would have appreciated a beep to indicate that the goggles are warmed up but instead the On light changes from amber to green.
When you're ready to go, take two Blephasteam paper rings and moisten them. Insert them inside the goggles. They are shaped to fit exactly into each eye cup.
Now put on the goggles, adjust the strap to your head size if necessary, and once they are comfortable (not too tight), press the On button. The On light starts flashing green to indicate that the therapy has started.
Sit comfortably for 10 minutes wearing the goggles, during which time you will experience a gentle warmth and a moist atmosphere as the water in the Blephasteam rings evaporates.
At the end of the 10-minute therapy, the device will beep. It's time to take off the goggles. As soon as you can, massage your top and bottom eyelid, with up and down strokes. Do this for about 30 seconds.
Now unplug the Blephasteam and discard the used rings. You will need fresh rings for each therapy.
So how did it feel during the 10-minute therapy?
I felt a bit self-conscious wearing the goggles because they look rather intimidating, but hey, if they work then what does it matter, especially as I use them at home!
I found the goggles to be comfortable enough, especially once I had adjusted the head strap. The process of inserting the paper rings into each eye cup was also pretty simple.
The 10-minute session with Blephasteam was a pleasant and relaxing experience. The lenses didn't mist up, so I was able to sit in an armchair and look at my tablet. Equally you would be able to watch TV while or sit at your PC if you needed to carry on working.
The first few times that I used Blephasteam I experienced a slight stinging sensation in the corners of my eyes but that went away quickly.
I enjoyed the sensation of the therapy and, as soon as I took off the goggles, my eyes felt amazingly fresh, moisturised and rejuvenated.
After massaging my eyelids for a few moments as directed in the product instructions, I got up and walked around to assess whether there had been any noticeable change in my vision or eye comfort.
And yes, goodness me, the improvement in my eyes was dramatic! They felt fresh and healthy, pleasantly lubricated and my blurry vision had gone away. My eyes haven't felt this fresh for years!
I went on a bike ride (in very windy conditions) wearing my moisture chamber glasses and I am writing this blog post 4 hours later. In all that time, my eyes felt wonderful. So different from the temporary relief gained by putting eye drops in.
I could tell that my eyes were producing tears more normally because they felt properly lubricated (without excessive tearing). I am now looking forward to sitting down to my second 10-minute session with Blephasteam shortly.
Blephasteam gets a big thumbs up from me
Based on my, albeit limited, experience with Blephasteam so far, I would strongly recommend that you try it if you are suffering from dry eyes through MGD, or through Sjogren's Syndrome.
I cannot say for definite that Blephasteam will help your eye condition, but for me it gets a big thumbs up. There are many research studies that also endorse its effectiveness with a range of dry eye patients.
I no longer think that the price tag of £200 is too high. This is a brilliant tool for helping daily life with dry eyes more pleasurable - well worth the money.
Blephasteam and moisture chamber glasses are a great combination
My recommendation would be to use a pair of moisture chamber glasses as well as Blephasteam.
Why? Because while the Blephasteam gives your eyes a boost morning and evening, the glasses reinforce the benefit of Blephasteam therapy by conserving your tears and keeping your eyes moisturised throughout the day.
The two products complement each other perfectly to give you an effective drug free home treatment for keeping on top of your dry eye symptoms.
Ordering your own Blephasteam
If you buy a Blephasteam through Eyewear Accessories, you can do so without risk as we offer free delivery (within the UK).