Punctal Plugs

Dr. Latkany performs all Punctal Plug placements. Punctal Plugs are extremely safe and can be removed for whatever reason in a few seconds in the office and are usually covered by insurance.

People have dry eyes because their eyes do not make sufficient tears, or their tears evaporate too quickly. Both situations leave a person with an insufficient tear layer covering the eye and result in dry eyes. Dry eyes usually cause discomfort by the way of burning, itching, a grit in the eye sensation, or even blurry vision.

Tears that do not evaporate leave the eye via a tube that connects the eyelids to the nose. If you evert your eyelid, you will see a black dot on the inner surface near the nose. This is the opening into the tube connecting the eyelid to the nose and where tears leaving the eye go.

Plugging this opening may stop the tears from leaving your eye, thereby keeping the eye more lubricated and alleviate eye discomfort. An eye specialist can plug this opening with absorbable or non-absorbable Punctal Plugs.

The absorbable plugs are intended to be temporary lasting from a few days to six (6) months. The time before the absorbable plugs dissolve, usually allows sufficient time for the patient to notice a benefit and opt for the long-term non-absorbable plugs.

Non-absorbable plugs are used for long-term occlusion. They are most commonly made of silicone or a hydrophilic acrylic.

Both absorbable and non-absorbable plugs can be placed in a sterile, office-setting in less than a minute without any discomfort. Both types of Punctal Plugs are less than one (1) cm and are not visible to an observer.

bookIf you have one or more of these eye conditions:

✓ Redness
✓ Dryness
✓ Grittiness
✓ Burning
✓ Excessive Tearing
✓ Contact Lens Discomfort
✓ Post-surgical Eye Discomfort

Contact our Dry Eye Specialist at the Center for Ocular Film Tear Disorders to learn how we can help you.

You may also wish to purchase a copy of Dr. Latkany’s book, Dry Eye Remedy, available at Amazon.com

Did You Know?

Persons with dry eyes often report excessive tearing. If the body senses that your eyes are too dry, it will make more tears to compensate.

Each eye contains a punctum on the lower lid near the nose. This punctum is a hole that drains tears from the eye. Like any drain, it can be plugged to prevent the fluid from draining out.

Punctal plugs can improve vision in dry eye patients.

Punctal plug insertion is a quick in-office procedure and is completely reversible.

Did You Know?

Dr. Robert Latkany también habla español.

Wearing your contact lenses overnight greatly increases your risks of developing a corneal ulcer.

An estimated 60 million people have dry eyes.

Wearing contact lenses for extended periods of time can cause dry eyes.

People who sleep with their eyes partially open or people with Bell's Palsy are at increased risk for dry eye syndrome.

Did You Know?

If you raise your chair at your computer desk a little so that you are looking down at the computer screen, you will decrease the evaporation of your tear film by reducing the exposed ocular surface area.

Fish oil, particularly Salmon oil and Flaxseed oil contain Omega 3 Fatty Acids which has to be beneficial for many aspects of the body, not just someone suffering with dry eyes

Eye or eyelid surgery can alter the quantity, quality or distribution of your tear film.

Medications such as antihistamines, oral contraceptives, beta-blockers, diuretics, and mood-stabilizers can exacerbate dry eye symptoms.