After I got the Dr prescription, contacted Allergan and many online pharmacy, I just found that Restasis is still not official for sale (it is approved) in Canada till end of Oct. If someone can tell me some online drug stores can ship it to Canada, that will helpful.
Now, I need to try the option of punctal plug to treat my moderate to severe dry eye. I plan to try a temporary one first. I know that some plug is without a cap resting on the eyelid surface as this will not introduce and discomfort. The question is how can it be removed if necessary.
Please bear with my innocent about the punctal plug, the clinic reception told me that the temporary plug will be dissolved after a few months. Is it harmful to have some silicon be dissolved in the tear duct ?
There are two types of plugs: once made of a material that disolves over several weeks. The other is permanent and stays in unless it falls out. I find no use at all for the disolving plugs and use only permanet ones.
I cannot advise you how to obtain restasis on the internet.
First question: the success of the permanent plus does not in my experience relate to success/failure of disolving plug.
Question 2: I do not recommend plugs with caps or ones that are located deep in the tear duct. Too hard to remove and often cause problems. I use only easy to remove. They come in small medicum and large and properly sized cap not a problem.
I use to use plugs first, now I use restasis first.
I plan to use the temporary plug for only 2 to 3 months as I still plan to switch to restasis when it is available in Canada I guess 2 more months. I heard that Restasis will not work when there is a plug. Is it true ?
What usually would be done is a "permanet" plug that won't disolve but that is easy to remove because it has a cap would be put in and left till you switch to restasis. Collagen and dissolving plugs usually just last several weeks at most.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.