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How are dry eyes treated with nondissolving punctual plugs and punctual occlusion by cautery?

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One way to treat dry eyes is to close the punctum, the duct that drains your tears. Your doctor can do that temporarily. If that works well, they may move to longer-lasting ones. Or your doctor could do a procedure called cautery. They'll give you a drug that relaxes you, then use a special tool to burn the opening shut. The scar that forms makes a permanent plug. Tear plugs are easy to remove, but sometimes they come out on their own or fall down the tear drain. They can make your eyes feel better and lower your need for artificial tears.

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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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