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How are dry eyes treated using temporary punctual occlusion?

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You can get dry eyes if you don't make enough tears. Or if some other reasons prevent your eyes from staying moist. Your doctor might opt to close the punctum, or the duct that drains tears from your eye. They might start with a temporary plug designed to dissolve over time. Based on how it works, they'll know whether permanent plugs will help.

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National Eye Institute.

University of California, Berkeley.

Review of Ophthalmology: “A Stepwise Approach to Treating OSD.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on September 12, 2020

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute.

University of California, Berkeley.

Review of Ophthalmology: “A Stepwise Approach to Treating OSD.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on September 12, 2020

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