As its name implies, the condition called "dry eye" involves insufficient tear quantity or quality to keep eyes healthy and comfortable. As a result, the eyes may begin to feel hot and gritty, as well as appear swollen and red. Treatment of "dry eyes" usually begins with the introduction of artificial tears. If this eye-drop product is either inconvenient or ineffective, the ophthalmologist may recommend the insertion of punctal plugs into the tear drainage ducts. punctal plugs prevent tears from draining out of the eye via the tiny opening (punctum) in the inner corner of the eyelid. There are a variety of plugs available which can be removed in minutes if desired. Symptoms of dry eyes can include redness, dryness, burning, grittiness,excessive tearing, tired eyes blurry vision, and sensitivity to light.
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