Dry Eye syndrome is disorder of the tear film for generally one of two reasons: either the tears are evaporating too quickly, or the eye is not producing enough tears. Both of these cause damage to the ocular surface and are associated with symptoms of ocular discomfort and visual disturbance.
In recent years, the number of people suffering from Dry Eye Syndrome has increased dramatically. It’s commonly caused by Meibomian gland dysfunction or MGD. One way to provide relief for dry eyes is for an ophthalmologist to insert punctal plugs into a patient’s tear duct.
What are Punctal Plugs?
Punctal plugs are tiny silicone plugs that close the tiny opening of the inner corner of the eyes. The plugs are inserted directly into the upper and lower tear ducts. The product works as a closure that helps to conserve both your natural and artificial tears, making it easier to avoid relying on eye drops throughout the day and alleviating dryness or irritation.
How do Plugs Relieve Dry Eye
The plugs work by blocking the tear drainage channel, which is located in the inner corner of the eye and allows the moisture to remain in the eye for a longer period of time. This benefits those who suffer from serious dry eye conditions and are known to have a high success rate compared to other treatments that are available. This low-cost option is an effective way of managing the dry-eye disease.
Although the plugs are not painful to have inserted, patients may feel a bit of resistance before the plugs naturally pop into place. Many patients report the plugs are comfortable once they’re inserted.
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If you would like to learn more about punctal plugs and how they may help alleviate your dry eye symptoms, please contact us to set up your free consultation at Kelly Vision Center.