Punctal plugs are microscopic blockers that are inserted into the tiny openings in the inner eyelids known as punctae, where the tears drain. Patients suffering from dry eye symptoms due to reduced quanity of tears and which eye drops alone cannot relieve use punctal plugs.
Once inserted, the plugs are invisible to the naked eye. Insertion of punctal plugs is a relatively painless procedure that is done in the office with the assistance of a slit-lamp microscope, which illuminates and magnifies the tiny punctal openings. The total time it takes to insert these plugs is less than 5 minutes. When used to treat the symptoms of dry eye, particularly when eye drops have failed, punctal plugs may be covered by your health insurance. Ask your eye doctor today if punctal plugs are a viable option for you!
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