Punctal plugs are a treatment option for patients suffering from dry eye that has not been relieved by drops or ointments. Punctal plugs are placed in the opening of the tear ducts in the eyelids (called “puncta”) to block tear drainage and keep the eyes moist. Implantation should reduce the need for artificial tear drops and increase the patient’s overall comfort.
Implantation takes only a few seconds in Dr. Newman’s office. In some cases, before implantation, collagen is temporarily placed in the eye to predict the effectiveness of punctal plugs.
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