Dry eye syndrome is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye.One way to alleviate dry eye is to assist the eyes in the production of lubricating tears. This can accomplished through Punctal Occlusion, a procedure which involves closing off the small funnel-like drain hole found in the inner corner of the upper and lower eyelids.
What are the symptoms?
- Sensation of something in your eye
- Sensitivity to light
These drain holes,called punctums, can be closed with tiny plugs called punctal plugs. The plugs can be placed in the two tear ducts, top and bottom, in both eyes or in only the lower ducts. The punctum can also be permanently closed with a heat or laser procedure.
Punctal plugs can be temporary or permanent. Temporary plugs dissolve a few days after insertion. If your dry eye symptoms disappear when the temporary plugs are inserted, our doctors may consider permanent punctal occlusion.