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Risks of punctal plugs (for dry eyes)
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Risks of punctal plugs (for dry eyes)


  I went to the doctor last week after having terrible pains behind my eyes,
  seriously dry eyes (especially in the morning where I can hardy open my
  eyes), and I (of course) am completely unable to wear my contact lenses.
  This has been going on for the last 3 years, but has gradually became worse
  and worse (I am only 23 years old.)  The doctor prescribed me tear drops (which only
  work for three seconds, if that) and said he is considering putting these
  plugs in my eyes. Is this the best solution for my problem? If it is,
  what types of risks are involved?  What about any side effects?
  On a side note, when the doctor tested the dryness in my eyes, he said it
  was almost completely dry.
  Thank you.  I hope to hear a response soon.
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Sharon,
Punctal plugs are a very good treatment for people with dry eyes which do not respond to artificial tears.  Plugs help decrease the drainage of tears so they allow fewer tears to last longer.
The risks are very few.  The best thing is to try temporary punctal plugs and see if they work.  If they work well, permanent plugs can be placed.  Some type of permanent plugs can also be reversed.  In difficult cases, the plugs can be permanently closed with cauterization.
This information is provided for educational purposes only.  Please see your physician for medical advice.
Sincerely,
HFHS MD - NI





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