What causes dry eyes?
Dry eyes develop for a variety of reasons. Common causes include:
- Certain medications
- Inflammation of the eyelids
- Wearing contact lenses overnight or for extended periods
- Entropion (a condition in which the eyelids roll inward, touching the surface of the eye)
- Ectropion (a condition in which the eyelids sag outward, creating a gap)
What types of dietary supplements can help dry eyes?
If you have dry eyes, we may prescribe omega-3 fatty acids to help you produce more natural tears.
How do punctal plugs provide dry eye relief?
The puncta are four small openings inside the edges of the upper and lower eyelids near the nose. Each eyelid has one punctum, which acts as a valve that allows the tears to drain from the eyes. Blocking the puncta with plugs can help slow tear drainage, allowing more moisture to remain on the surface of the eye.
What happens if my symptoms return when temporary punctal plugs dissolve?
If your dry eye symptoms improve with dissolvable punctal plugs and return when the plugs dissolve, this is an indication that punctal plugs are an effective treatment for you. The next step in your treatment may be to insert long-lasting punctal plugs.