Eye Care Expert Forum
Eye ducts plugs
About This Forum:

Our Ask-A-Doctor Eye Care Forum is where you can post your question and receive a personal answer from physicians affiliated with the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

Eye ducts plugs

Can plugging tear ducts prevent dust and dirt in eyes from draining out?
Related Discussions
284078_tn?1282620298
Interesting question. There are cases with people with bad lid margin disease or bad allergies where I really don't like to use punctum plugs because it just helps to trap that nasty oils and allergens in the tear film and on the eye.  Now regarding dust and dirt, I really don't see that as a problem since the excess tears if you have any will just flow over the eyelid margin onto the cheek.  Also, Ifor average dry eye cases, I often just plug the lower system so the upper system will still be open.  In the end, I'm not really worried about dust and dirt in the eye but rather keeping as much tear volume on the eyes as possible.  Think about it another way - plugs often help to increase the amount of tears left on the eye and that's always a good thing if you are in a potentially dusty and dirty environment.  If problems do develop, the plugs can just be removed.  But make sure to get the type of plugs that are easily visible and easily removed.  Avoid intracanalicular plugs or smartplugs.  Temporary dissolving plugs are OK as well.

MJK MD
2 Comments
Blank
637498_tn?1223194584
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meibomian_gland

Usually a warm (not hot) tea bag will increase the viscosity of the oil in the plugged duct and they are easily massaged to unplug them (seek a doctor's personal instruction on that procedure)  

Good hydration is a way to avoid meibomian plug ups/cysts.  When you are dehydrated they have a higher probability of occuring.

Best Regards
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
233488_tn?1310696703
John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
Discover Vision Centers of Kansas City
Kansas City, MO
Blank
Weight Tracker
Weight Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
Marathon Running Done Over Many Yea...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Article on Multifocal IOL vs &q...
May 21 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
748543_tn?1371753642
Blank
TMJ/TMJ The Connection Between Teet...
Jan 27 by Hamidreza Nassery , DMD, FICOI, FAGDBlank