Many people suffer from the symptoms of dry eye, including gritty and tired eyes, but it becomes more common with age.
Dry eyes can occur when there is a reduction in the normal amount of tears. Causes can include ageing, medication, illness and damage to the eye. The function of tears is to keep the front of the eye moist. Healthy tears form a smooth, uninterrupted film over the eye which is replenished with every blink.
The commonest treatment for dry eyes is to use artificial tears. These are drops which can be placed in the eye whenever symptoms occur. They can be very helpful for people whose dry eye symptoms only occur occasionally or at certain times. For some people dry eye symptoms may be too severe or too frequent for drops to be of much help. Fitting punctum plugs may be of help to those people and at Yates & Suddell we have optometrists specially trained in the fitting of them.
The tears drain away from the eye into four drainage ducts, called puncta (each one is called a punctum). The puncta drain into the nose and this is why, when the eyes water, the nose often runs. There are two puncta in each eye, one at the inner corner of the upper eyelid and one at the inner corner of the lower eyelid. Punctal plugs are designed to obstruct those drainage ducts thus allowing the tears to remain in the eye for longer reducing the symptoms of drying. When are punctal occluders fitted?
Not every case of dry eye is suitable for punctal plugs. Before fitting we arrange a special appointment to carry out an assessment of your tear film stability. We will then discuss with you whether you are suitable for a trial with temporary punctal plugs.
If punctal plugs are indicated we fit collagen plugs which dissolve after approximately 8 weeks (collagen is a naturally occurring substance). These plugs are usually fitted to one punctum in each eye. You will then be seen on a regular basis so the collagen plugs can be replaced as necessary.
Initial assessment including fitting of collagen plugs for evaluation - NO CHARGE
Fitting of collagen plugs, including all appointments and replacement plugs - £20 per month (by Direct Debit only) £20 payable on fitting and first Direct Debit payment one month later.
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26/06/2015 - 10.00am