Punctal Plugs in Nashville, TN
In some cases, dry eye can be treated by blocking the tear ducts with punctal plugs. Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, of Vision for Life offers treatment for dry eye with punctal plugs for the residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities of Tennessee.
What are Punctal Plugs?
Your eyes stay lubricated when tears are made through a combination of water, mucous and oils. Excess tears are removed from the eyes through the tear ducts, small openings that essentially work to drain tears from the eyes. In some people, the tears are removed too quickly, and this can lead to dry eyes.
Punctal plugs are tiny devices that are placed in the tear ducts. This allows the tears to remain on your eyes for a longer period of time.
Benefits of Treatment with Punctal Plugs
Dr. Horn recommends punctal plugs when other treatments do not effectively lubricate the eyes and remedy dry eye. Punctal plugs keep the tears on your eyes longer and can reduce your risk of developing complications associated with dry eyes.
What Can I Expect from Punctal Plugs?
Dr. Horn will recommend dissolvable or semi-permanent punctal plugs. Dissolvable punctal plugs are made of collagen or another type of material that is easily absorbed by the body. These types of plugs are designed to last days or months depending on the specifics of your case. Dr. Horn may recommend dissolvable punctal plugs for patients who are experiencing temporary dry eye, such as what may occur after LASIK surgery. Semi-permanent plugs are made of silicone or another material that provides long-term benefits for patients who have chronic dry eye.
Dr. Horn measures the size of your tear ducts to determine the size of the punctal plugs that are needed. He may numb the tear duct area before inserting the plugs. A special solution may be used to temporarily enlarge the tear duct to allow for easy insertion of the plug. Punctal plugs are placed in the tear duct of the upper and/or lower eyelid. The ducts are located at the corner of the eye near the nose. Dr. Horn uses a special tool to insert the plug into your tear ducts. You may feel a little discomfort for the first 12 to 24 hours after the punctal plugs are inserted.
Are Punctal Plugs Right for Me?
If you experience frequent dry eyes and have tried non-prescription and prescription solutions with no success, Dr. Horn may recommend punctal plugs.
How Much Do Punctal Plugs Cost in Nashville?
The cost of your punctal plugs may be covered by your vision and medical insurance. We accept cash, check and major credit cards, including Visa®, MasterCard®, and American Express®, for your out-of-pocket costs, such as a co-payment, deductible and co-insurance, and any other remaining balance. Financing is available through Alphaeon™ Credit and CareCredit®.
At Vision for Life, our ophthalmologist, Jeffrey D. Horn, MD, offers punctal plugs for dry eye for the residents of Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding communities of Tennessee. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today!