Punctal plugs are used to treat moderate to extreme dry eyes. We initially use lubricating eye drops (artificial tears) to treat dry eyes after Laser Vision Correction. However, if dry eye symptoms still persist, punctal plugs are inserted.
Punctal plugs are small, soft silicone plugs that are inserted into the puncta. Have you ever noticed that you have a small hole in your upper and lower eye lids near where the two lids come together near the nose? These are the puncta, ie holes, where the tears drain out of the eye. Plugging these holes is like plugging the drain in your sink; it will prevent your tears from draining out of your eye and will keep your eye moister, decreasing the symptoms of dry eye. The plugs are easily inserted and this is done right in my office. There is no cutting, suturing or needles involved and takes just a few seconds to insert. The plugs, which are about the size of a grain of sand, can be left in the punctal opening indefinitely and are rarely associated with complications. The plugs can be easily removed, if needed, but are usually left in place without problem indefinitely.« Back to Glossary Index