ZEST – Zocular Eyelid System Treatment for Dry Eye Disease   

If you’re tired of dealing with dry eye symptoms caused by blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, or Demodex mites, we have a solution to soothe your irritated eyes! Our dry eye specialists in Scarborough, Maine offer an in-office treatment called ZEST (Zocular Eyelid System Treatment) to help you find relief from dry, irritated, and gritty eyes. Learn more about these underlying conditions and how ZEST dry eye treatment can help. 

Common causes of dry eye disease


Dry eye disease can be caused by a variety of factors, but one common culprit is blepharitis, which is inflammation of the eyelids. ZEST targets this issue by providing a deep cleaning procedure that removes debris and irritants that can contribute to your dry eye symptoms. By thoroughly cleansing the eyelids, ZEST helps to reduce inflammation and improve overall eye health. 

Demodex mites 

Demodex mite infestations can also contribute to dry eye symptoms. These microscopic parasites live on the skin and hair follicles near your eyelids. It’s common to have small amounts of these mites, but if they multiply too much, they can exacerbate inflammation and irritation. ZEST treatment is an effective treatment for Demodex mite infestations, helping to eliminate these pests and relieve dryness and irritation. 

Meibomian gland dysfunction 

Meibomian gland dysfunction is another leading cause of dry eye disease. These glands are responsible for producing the oily layer of the tear film that helps keep your eyes lubricated. When these glands become blocked, it can lead to evaporative dry eye. ZEST’s exfoliation process helps unclog meibomian glands, improving tear production and relieving dry eye symptoms.  

How does ZEST work?   

ZEST is a deep cleaning procedure that removes impurities and debris from the eyelids and lashes. Think of it like a deep shampoo for your eyes! One treatment of ZEST can lead to an improvement in symptoms of dry eye, blepharitis, and Demodex. 

  • During the treatment, we will apply a gel to your eyelid margin and lashes with a cotton swab, using circular motions to create a lather.   
  • This deep cleaning helps to lift and clear away oils, debris, and residue along the eyelid margins. 
  • The gel in ZEST contains a refined okra extract, a gentle yet powerful ingredient that can soothe inflammation. 
  • Once the gel has been applied, we rinse it off with a saline solution.


If you’re dealing with dry eye symptoms from blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, or Demodex, ZEST might work well for you. It’s a quick, painless treatment that can show noticeable improvement after just one session. For more information about ZEST and to find out if it is the right treatment for you, schedule an appointment with our experts today.