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ZEST: A New Treatment for Dry Eye and Demodex

Dry eye is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can cause a variety of symptoms, including burning, itching, stinging, and blurry vision. In some cases, dry eye can also lead to more serious complications, such as corneal ulcers.

There are a number of treatments available for dry eye, but some people find that they do not get enough relief from these treatments. For these people, ZEST may be a good option.

ZEST stands for Zocular Eyelid System Treatment. It is a new, in-office treatment that uses a natural okra-based gel to clean and debride the eyelids. The procedure is quick and painless, and it can provide significant relief from the symptoms of dry eye.

ZEST works by removing oil, debris, and bacteria from the eyelids. These substances can build up on the eyelids and block the tear ducts, which can lead to dry eye. ZEST also helps to open up the meibomian glands, which are responsible for producing oil that helps to keep the eyes lubricated.

In addition to treating dry eye, ZEST can also be used to treat demodex blepharitis. Demodex mites are tiny mites that live on the skin of the eyelids. In some people, these mites can cause inflammation and irritation, which can lead to dry eye. ZEST can help to kill demodex mites and reduce inflammation, which can provide relief from the symptoms of demodex blepharitis.

How is ZEST performed?

ZEST is a simple, in-office procedure. The procedure takes about 10 minutes, and there is no downtime.

The first step is to apply a topical anesthetic to the eyelids. This will numb the area and make the procedure more comfortable.

Next, the eye doctor will apply a gel to the eyelids. The gel is made from a natural okra-based extract that is safe and effective.

The eye doctor will then use a cotton swab to massage the gel into the eyelids. This will help to remove oil, debris, and bacteria from the eyelids.

The final step is to rinse the eyelids with saline solution.

What are the benefits of ZEST?

ZEST offers a number of benefits over other treatments for dry eye. These benefits include:

Who is a good candidate for ZEST?

ZEST is a good option for people who have dry eye or demodex blepharitis that has not responded to other treatments. It is also a good option for people who are looking for a quick and painless way to improve their dry eye symptoms.

What are the risks of ZEST?

The risks of ZEST are minimal. Some people may experience mild redness or irritation after the procedure, but these symptoms usually go away on their own within a few hours.

Is ZEST covered by insurance?

Insurance coverage for ZEST varies depending on the individual's insurance plan. Some plans may cover the entire cost of the procedure, while others may only cover a portion of the cost.

If you are interested in learning more about ZEST, talk to us. We can assess your individual needs and determine if ZEST is a good option for you.



David Greening David Greening, ABOC, BS(HONS) Ophth. Dispensing David is our resident optician, and has been in optics since 2002. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing in Kent, England (2014). He has extensive experience, having managed his own practice for many years prior to arriving at Astorino & Associates Eye Center. He is a licensed American optician (ABOC) and is well-recognized for his quality of service, attention to detail, and patient care.

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