Also known as punctum plugs, lacrimal plugs or occluders, punctal plugs are very tiny devices that are inserted into your eyes tear ducts in order to block drainage. In turn, this increases the eye’s tear film, naturally increasing surface moisture and relieving the discomfort caused by dry eyes.
Your eye doctor will recommend the use of non-dissolvable punctal plugs as treatment for your dry eyes. It is not recommended that you attempt to remove punctal plugs on your own. If you are experiencing any discomfort or are concerned that the plugs are causing problems in your vision, please contact your eye doctor to have them safely removed. In some cases, dissolvable punctal plugs will be recommended.
Dissolvable punctal plugs will naturally dissolve after 5 days and do not require any removal. Based on the shape of your eye, current eye health, and the presence of any existing eye conditions or diseases, your eye doctor will recommend which type of plug is best suited to your needs. Inserting the punctal plugs into your eye’s tear ducts can be done painlessly, usually requiring no more than 2 minutes to complete.