Do you have red, itchy, watery, irritated eyes? If so, you could be suffering from dry eye syndrome, a common condition in which your eyes lack the ability to produce quality tears. There are several treatment options for chronic dry eyes. The option best suited for you will depend on the specific cause of your condition.
Here, our team at Choate Eye Associates in Nashville, TN discusses how punctal plugs for dry eye can help alleviate your symptoms and improve your overall quality of life.
Punctal, or lacrimal, plugs are tiny devices designed to fit into the tear ducts to block the flow of tears. This helps keep natural lubrication and medications on the surface of the eye for a longer period of time. As a result, your eyes stay moist and comfortable.
There are three different types of punctal plugs commonly used today. These include:
Placing a punctal plug is a fairly straightforward procedure that can be completed in a single office visit. To begin, the treatment area will be numbed. Next, your doctor will insert the punctal plug into the tear duct.
In some cases, a lacrimal dilator may be used to temporarily expand the duct. Before placement, your doctor will determine which size and shape will be most beneficial for you.
Overall, using punctal plugs is safe and effective. There are a few minor complications that could occur, including:
The most significant benefit of punctal plugs is that they can be removed if necessary. Therefore, any side effects can be addressed quickly.
If you are growing weary of irritated, chronically dry eyes, then punctal plugs could be a solution for you. To schedule an appointment at our practice, contact us online or give us a call at (615) 851-7575.