What are Punctal Plugs?
Punctal plugs are tiny plugs inserted into the puncta, which is the opening of the tear drainage duct in the corner of the eye. Blocking the puncta with a plug slows the drainage of tears, allowing moisture to remain on the eye’s surface for a longer period of time.
This is a painless procedure, and an ophthalmologist can insert the plugs into the eyes in the clinician’s office in only a few minutes.
For which conditions are the punctual plugs recommended?
- Constantly itchy and dry eyes
- Burning eyes
- Blurry vision
- Eyes that are quick to tire
Punctal Plugs FAQs
There is no recovery time required for this procedure and it is easily reversible and repeatable.
Occasionally, punctual plugs may cause excessive tearing or mild irritation, but these side effects are uncommon. Most people report that they don’t notice the plugs at all.