Silicone Plugs

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Silicone Plugs

Postby Betty39 » Wed Mar 28, 2007 3:35 am

Hello, me again. I have an appt with my corneal specialist tomorrow and I am scheduled to get silicone plugs. My dry eye is much better since Restasis has kicked in but I still need the genteal gel at night and have some dryness now and then. Very much improved but I want to go through with the plugs to hopefully resolve it even more. I had the temporary plugs put in before with no problems. My question is will the silicone feel the same? I ask because I am going away this weekend to Vegas and I don't want any plug problems. Should I wait till after my trip? If I tolerated the temp. plugs can I assume it will be the same with the silicone ones?
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Postby LasikExpert » Thu Mar 29, 2007 2:53 am

Your doctor will use the success of the temporary punctal plugs to indicate the size and shape to be used for the semi-permament plugs. They should feel the same, which is not at all. If you can feel them after a couple days or if there is any irritation, then they are not well fitted.

If you have trouble in Vegas - the eye trouble kind - there are any number of eye doctors who can remove punctal plugs for you, and you can probably do it yourself without difficulty.
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Postby Betty39 » Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:26 am

Thanks Glen :)
My 3rd visit with the corneal specialist went very well. I really like him. He put 2 silicone plugs in the bottom punctum. He said they usually do this first because the top ones are a bit harder to remove and can travel in the upper holes and he doesn't like to put them in if you can do well with only the bottoms. He also said that 89% of your relief comes from plugging up the bottom holes. Does this sound right to you Glen?
The last 2 days my eyes started to feel drier again. I thought it was from the fact the winds have kicked up again. He said that could be but also probably the temporary plugs he had put in totally desolved and that is why I felt more of the dryness again. And actually I have only had the new plugs in for about 4 hours but my eyes already feel better again. He also said he saw less "stringy mucus" at this visit than he did at my last so he thinks the Restasis is working.
All in all a good visit :)
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