In recent years, the number of people suffering from dry eye syndrome has increased dramatically. One way to provide relief for dry eyes is the use of punctal plugs, which are inserted into the tear duct.
How are Punctal Plugs Inserted into the Tear Ducts?
Punctal plugs can be inserted into the puncta of the lower lids, the upper lids, or both. After measuring the size of your specific tear ducts, Dr. Kelly will select the right size of plugs for you. He will measure your tear ducts either by examining your eyes with a light, or by using a special tool. You may be given anesthetic eyedrops before the procedure. Sometimes the tear duct opening is dilated for easier insertion. Patients are typically able to drive themselves home and go back to their regular day after punctal plug insertion.