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Dry Eye Treatment

Treating Dry Eye

Depending on the intensity of the condition, treatment may be as simple as using artificial tears a few times a day. In more persistent cases, however, a simple non-surgical procedure is available that provides long-term relief of Dry Eye Syndrome through the use of tiny plugs called "punctal occluders."

As the name suggests, these devices occlude (block) the punctum, or tear duct, which is the drainage duct that carries tears away from the surface of the eye. There are upper and lower punctum ducts in the inner corner of each eye. Blocking these drainage ducts prevents tears from draining away too quickly. Punctal occlusion can be compared to putting a stopper in a sink drain, keeping the tears on the eye's surface for longer periods. This widely performed procedure is safe, quick, painless, and totally reversible.

Punctal occluders are made of a very soft flexible silicone, similar to that used in contact lenses. Though they are barely visible to the naked eye, they are carefully manufactured into an extremely smooth and precise design.

The Parasol Punctal Occluder from Odyssey Medical is one of the most advanced occluders available. Its unique, patented shape is easy to insert because it automatically adjusts to the patient's tear duct opening.

In addition, the Parasol's advanced design provides a truly custom fit which, in turn, means greater patient comfort. The Parasol Punctal Occluder can also reduce or eliminate the major cause of discomfort for many contact lens wearers, or those who are unable to tolerate contact lenses.

What Are Punctal Occluders? What's a Punctal Plug?

plugs1As the name suggests, these devices occlude (block) the punctum, or tear duct, which is the drainage duct that carries tears away from the surface of the eye. There are upper and lower punctum ducts in the inner corner of each eye. Blocking these drainage ducts prevents tears from draining away too quickly. Punctal occlusion can be compared to putting a stopper in a sink drain, keeping the tears on the eye's surface f or longer periods. This widely performed procedure is safe, quick, painless, and totally reversible.

Punctal occluders are made of a very soft flexible silicone, similar to that used in contact lenses. Though they are barely visible to the naked eye, they are carefully manufactured into an extremely smooth and precise design.

The ParasolĀ® Punctal Occluder

The Parasol Punctal Occluder from Beaver Visitec is one of the most advanced occluders available. Its unique, patented shape is easy to insert because it automatically adjusts to the patient's tear duct opening.

In addition, the Parasol's advanced design provides a truly custom fit which, in turn, means greater patient comfort. The Parasol Punctal Occluder can also reduce or eliminate the major cause of discomfort for many contact lens wearers, or those who are unable to tolerate contact lenses.

Dr. McCabe is proficient in treating the symptoms of dry eye. His research on "How punctal occlusion improves multifocal IOL satisfaction," was published in Ophthalmology Times magazine.

Dr. McCabe is proficient in treating the symptoms of dry eye. His research on "How punctal occlusion improves multifocal IOL satisfaction," was published in Ophthalmology Times magazine.

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