What are Plugs for Dry Eyes?
Temporary or permanent silicone plugs in the tear ducts keep tears in your eye from draining away as quickly. The plugs can be inserted painlessly in the office and cannot be felt once inserted. Oral supplements and other oral medications are also available.
At Wang Vision Institute, we routinely manage dry eye syndrome, from mild cases to the most severe, by tailoring the treatment to everyone’s cause of dry eye signs and symptoms.
"I originally had LASIK back in 1999 and it was amazing but, just like the doctor shared, when I turned 45, my vision began to change. I always knew another enhancement was an option but this year I decided it was time. I first thought I would have the procedure done through my regular eye doctor (who offered vision enhancement procedures) but when they failed to call me back after numerous attempts to learn more, I decided not to trust my vision to someone who couldn’t even return a phone call. At that point, I decided to call Wang Vision Institute. I selected the Wang Vision Institute because I knew they were the best in town. When I called, they actually remembered that I had called the previous year to ask questions. It was the exact opposite experience. It was warm, friendly, and it inspired my trust and confidence. The initial examination was very thorough. After the exam I met with Jake Wysiadlowski, OD and he walked me through my options. I never knew there was so many! He made a recommendation and helped me make a decision on what would be best for me. I next met with Cameron Daniels, my Surgical Coordinator. Cameron walked me through the logistics and the pricing. At no point did I ever feel pushed or pressured to select the most expensive option. In fact, given my particular situation, they actually recommended one of the less expensive options. They worked with me to construct a plan that used both my HSA and my Limited Purpose FSA to cover the cost. Before the surgery, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr. Abhilash Guduru, my surgeon. Everyone along the way explained what to expect, set realistic expectations for my vision and the recovery, and made sure I had the opportunity to ask lots of questions. I arrived at the surgery center on the day of my procedure and everyone was super nice and friendly. The environment really put me at ease. Once again, everyone clearly articulated what to expect and gave me the opportunity to ask questions. I could not have been made to feel more comfortable during the time leading up to the procedure and during the procedure. The procedure did not take long and at no time did I experience even the slightest amount of pain. I was given clear instructions on how to care for my eyes during the few weeks after the surgery and I have been following their instructions exactly. I have had no issues or discomfort whatsoever. The evening after the surgery I was amazed at how my vision had been corrected and restored. When I went back the next morning for my follow-up appointment with Dr. Guduru, my vision had already been restored to 20/20. I could not be more pleased. I have already recommended the Wang Vision Institute to my wife and I will do so to anyone else contemplating vision enhancement surgery. I would give my team the highest marks in every category. To those who might be apprehensive, I would say that it was easy and painless and that the end result of seeing was well worth it and life changing. I put my glasses in a drawer and am now able to see so much better- especially at night and while driving. My experience and results have been exactly what I had hoped for."- S.M. / Google / Dec 02, 2023
"Got my vision back, would do it again! Love it!"- R.G. / Google / Dec 01, 2023
"Can't say enough good things about my experience at Wang Vision. It was all good from beginning to end. Scott, pre-testing technician, was very personable and knowledgeable. Dr. Jones who did my surgery was very pleaaant, walked through every step never leaving you in the dark about what's next. Also very comforting during the surgery. It was a very quick and fluid process. Not to mention my new 20/15 vision! Thanks to everyone at the Wang Vision Institute!"- N.T. / Google / Dec 01, 2023
"All the staff was really sweet, Kayla answered all my questions and Dr.Guduru talked me through my whole procedure!"- A.C. / Google / Dec 01, 2023
"My entire experience at Wang Vision was amazing. Ashley contacted me immediately after I expressed interest in a consultation and answered all of the questions I had, plus some I did not even know I had. Everyone in the office was super friendly and constantly ensured any questions I had were answered. Dennis was great throughout the entire process. Cameron was so friendly and not pushy at all about which surgery I decided to choose. Dr. Guduru was so kind and calm, he and Dennis made sure I knew what was happening throughout the entire Smile eye procedure and made it a very comfortable experience. The follow-up appointment was also great and again every was so willing to help and answer any questions."- C.R. / Google / Nov 30, 2023
What are the Benefits of Plugs for Dry Eyes?
Silicone plugs work by trapping tears inside the eye to prevent them from draining away too quickly. Our professionals at Wang Vision Institute have the skills and experience necessary to relieve common symptoms of dry eye so you can feel more comfortable in your day-to-day life. Benefits of plugs include:
- Increased tear retention
- Reduced dryness, discomfort, and redness in the eyes
- Relief from symptoms of chronic dry eye syndrome
- Maintained visual acuity
- Less reliance on artificial tears and other treatments
Plugs for Dry Eyes FAQs
What causes dry eyes?
Dry eyes can be caused by a number of factors, including age, environment, medications, and medical conditions. Even too much wind or air conditioning can reduce moisture on the surface of the eye. Dr. Wang has experience treating a wide variety of dry eye cases and may recommend plugs to help alleviate unwanted symptoms.
So silicone plugs hurt?
No, the insertion process of silicone plugs into the tear ducts is painless, and once inserted, they are not felt. Wang Vision Institute uses the latest tools and technologies to ensure the process is comfortable. Patients with concerns about pain are welcome to discuss their treatment plan with our staff prior to undergoing any procedure.
What other treatments are available for dry eye?
In addition to silicone plugs, some patients benefit from medications or other treatments as needed. Our eye clinic in Nashville may even recommend lifestyle modifications such as protecting your eyes from UV rays and reducing screen time. Our goal is to provide long-lasting relief with personalized, comprehensive care.