There are several treatments for Dry Eye including using artificial tears, prescription eye drop medications like Restasis, eating a diet that is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids (salmon, fish oil supplement capsules or flaxseed oil) and punctal plugs.
Dry eyes are very common problem for many people. Symptoms of dry eyes can include burning, dry eye feeling, itching, intermittent vision blur (that clears up when you blink) and excess tearing (the brain’s natural response to eye dryness).
Punctal plugs are used when you are producing very little tear fluid to properly bathe your eyes. The plugs are inserted into your puncta (the opening of your tear drainage duct) to help preserve what little tears that you do have. Punctal plugs keep your tears ON the surface of your eye (instead of draining out the drainage duct).
The procedure is quick and painless and can be done right in the office examination room. The plugs are inserted painlessly in our office in about 5 minutes.
There are 2 types of plugs – collagen (disolvable) and silicone (non-disolvable – but still removable if you ever want them removed).
At Visionary eyecare we usually insert collagen (disolvable ) plugs into the lower puncta of each eye as a trial test. The plugs will usually last for 3-5 days. In about a week, we will bring you back for a follow up. If you are happy with the amount of moisture in your eyes at your follow up – then we proceed to insert the silicone (non-disolvable) plugs into your lower puncta.
If you feel that you would like more moisture – then we will insert the collagen (disolvable) plugs into your upper AND lower puncta and bring you back for a follow up in about a week. If you are happy with the amount of moisture then we will proceed to insert the silicone (non-disolvable) plugs into all 4 puncta (the upper and lower puncta in each eye).
These plugs can also be called Lacrimal Plugs….and they are NOT felt once they are inserted into your punctas.
The Picture Above shows a Collagen Plug in the Upper Puncta and a Silicone Plug in the Lower Puncta.