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ZEST for Dry Eye and Demodex

ZEST (Zocular Eyelid System Treatment) is an exciting new treatment developed by Zocular® to treat the underlying causes of dry eye - demodex mites and blepharitis.

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What is ZEST?

Over 80% of dry eye issues start with issues at the eyelid margin. The bacteria, oil residue, dirt and dead skin at the eyelids can cause the eyes to water, itch, burn, and make the eyes feel dry. Dry eye and blepharitis are often associated with poor hygiene of the eyelid area.

Zocular Eyelid System Treatment (ZEST) is an in-office eyelid cleaning and debridement system using a natural okra-based gel.

The procedure is quick and painless, bringing immediate relief to symptoms of irritation and dry eye. Poor eye hygiene can lead to demodex mites in the hair follicles. Demodex can exacerbate inflammation by blocking the oil glands at the base of your eyelashes.

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ZEST is an effective treatment for killing demodex mites, removing dirt, debris and relieving inflammation of the eyelids - treating the causes of dry eye symptoms.

ZEST (Zocular Eyelid System Treatment) is like a deep shampoo for the eyes to clean and debride the eyelids and eye lashes. The procedure involves applying a gel to the eyelid margin and lashes with a cotton swab and cleaning in a circular motion, working the gel into a lather.

Following the deep cleansing procedure, the gel is rinsed off with saline solution.

How does ZEST Work?

The procedure focuses on cleansing the eyelids to provide effective treatment. Known as an eyelid debridement procedure, this simple, painless process exfoliates the eyelids and opens up the meibomian glands, thereby allowing soothing oils to be released into the eye to promote healthy tear production and lessen dry eye symptoms.

The procedure is quick and painless, bringing immediate relief to symptoms of irritation and dry eye. After the in office treatment, we recommend gentle and effective home treatments to clean and keep the bacteria away from the lids that are anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Eye hygiene includes keeping the eyelids, eyelid margin and lashes clean.

Dirt and debris on the edges of your eyelids can lead to symptoms of itching, burning and gritty eyes. With every blink, dirt and debris may enter the tear film and coat the eye, leading to redness and irritation. The ZEST gel is formulated with a refined extract of okra- an edible green seed pod; to lift and clear oil, debris and residue along the eyelid margin. Okra is a powerful cleansing ingredient that is also gentle to use around the eye, helping to calm and soothe inflammation.

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