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Plugs for Dry Eyes

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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.

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.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.