I have Dry Eye. I have had it for about 13 years. I have been on Restasis for over a year and it has helped, but not totally. This week, I got silicone punctal plugs put into my lower tear ducts.
Here is my question. When I had the collegen plugs, I couldn't feel them. With the silicone plugs, I can feel them raised above the entrance to my tear ducts. I find I am also blinking alot more. Is this normal?
Mine was covered by insurance. I just had to pay the specialist rate co-pay. I had to do this 3 times. During my original yearly opthomologist visit, on a follow-up visit for collegen plugs--these are "test" plugs that dissolve in a week to see if it will help. Again on my last visit for the silicone plugs. The last two visits were considered "surgical", although there isn't any actual surgery involved. They just put in some numbing drops and then pop the plugs in. In total, it cost me $75.
I have had punctal plugs for 3 years. At first you can feel them and after a week your eyes have toughened up and you don't notice them anymore.
I discovered that when I sleep one eye opens. Then when I wake up my eye is extremely dry and uncomfortable. I have to wear a sleeping mask to combat this. The sleeping mask has helped my dry eye problem immensely.
What also has helped is drinking plenty of water every day. When I don't, my eye gets dry and will recover slowly once I down a ton of water.
I was surprised at how much the punctal plug cost. It was $500 three years ago. It was listed as surgery even though the doctor just used a tweezer to hold the plug while he inserted it. My insurance only paid a small portion.