Acıbadem Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi 2020 , Vol 11, Issue 1
Canalicular Occlusion With Absorbable Canalicular Plugs In Patients With Dry Eye
Ayşe Dolar Bilge1
1Emsey Hospital, Oftalmoloji, Istanbul, Türkiye DOI : 10.31067/0.2019.232 Objective: To evaluate the clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes of patients who underwent absorbable canalicular plugs with dry eye.

Materials and Methods: The medical records of 20 patients who underwent canalicular obstruction using absorbable canalicular plugs (Oasis Soft Plug Extended Duration, Glendora, USA) between March 2014 and December 2017 were retrospectively reviewed. Dry eye disease was assessed by The Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI) subjective questioning score. Absorbable canalicular plugs were inserted using a biomicroscope.

Results: Forty- nine canaliculi (37 lower, 12 upper canaliculi) in 37 eyes were occluded using absorbable canalicular plugs. The resumption of the dry eye symptoms after the canalicular obstruction was recorded and the canalicular plug insertion was repeated when necessary. Significant changes were observed in OSDI scores after canalicular occlusion (p <0.01). No plug related complication was observed in any patient.

Conclusion: Absorbable canalicular plugs can be a very good alternative as they provide a temporary and relatively low-cost solution to dry eye of various etiologies. Keywords : Dry eye; OSDI