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Is epiphora from punctal plugs harmful? I've had some overflowing of tears, but the alternative of no tears is painful.
What level discomfort from install punctal plugs for dry eyes? Recovery time? OPD or IPD? Can they be removed? Do they require replacements ever?
Punctal plugs: Punctal plugs: (dissolvable or permanent) usually cause little-no discomfort. They can be removed in 99%+ cases. They can fall out on their own & can be replaced if needed. ...Read more
I have dry eyes and i'm thinking of punctal occlusion. What are the risks and complications of punctal plugs and punctal cautery?
Generally very safe: Punctal occlusion can be very helpful for the symptoms of dry eyes. Punctal plugs can be temporary (dissolving) or permanent (non-dissolving), but are reversible in either case. Punctal cautery is generally more irreversible and may be a little uncomfortable to have performed. The main risks are a temporary overflow of tears (epiphora) or a rub causing a plug to dislodge which then may be felt. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: While plugs increase the retention of your tears by closing off the drainage ducts, they don't affect the underlying inflammatory disease, namely dry eye syndrome. In other words, your dry eye disease may continue to progress with the use of plugs alone. Restasis treats the underlying inflammatory condition, both helping to increase tear production and slow progression of the disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How effective are punctal plugs for treating dry eyes after lasik? I am close to 1 year post op and artficial tears aren't helping.
I have dry eyes with a low tear break up time and low schrimers score. What can I do besides eye drops and omega3s? Would punctal plugs help?
Had lasik 3 weeks ago. Right eye is extremely dry. Using drops almost every hour. Had a punctal plug put in, but still very dry. Will this go away?
Common after lasik: Dry eye can be common after lasik even with the punctal plug. You may need to check with the treating doctor for other options and to make sure all is ok. Be sure to use preservative free drops (break-off containers) and consider a thicker gel type version to alternate, and an ophthalmic ointment or gel (systane gel) at night. This will improve with time. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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