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I have the dry rye syndrome. After the cataract operation and

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I have the dry rye syndrome. After the cataract operation and implant, my eye doctor introduced eye plugs. A couple of years later I was recommended to go on Restasis, which I am using for a month already. Since Friday I have itching/stinging sensation and just read that Restasis is not to be used when duct plugs are in place.

Question: Can the duct plugs be removed in order to continue with the Restasis treatment?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Tom replied 9 months ago.

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Dr. Tom :

Hello, and thanks for your question. The answer to your question is Yes... your plugs can be remove in your doctor's office. May I answer anything else?

Customer:

That sounds good news. Shall I interrupt Restasis on the affected eye in the meantime?

Dr. Tom :

It shouldn't be necessary to do that unless you have continued stinging and itching. In the later case your doctor might consider that you have developed an eye allergy as well ( implied by the itching). Either way, he will be able to easily treat it. Let me know if this answers your question to your satisfaction. Thanks.

Customer:

Can I ask one more question that is related to tis situation?

Dr. Tom :

Absolutely.

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What is your additional question?

Customer:

Thank you! XXXXX changed Health Inssurance I had to change also my Ophthalmologist...I have been told that I have remaining stitches from the implant, but I shouldn't worry. Can this be an explanation of the stinging-itching? BTW after two days I feel better but my vision is slightly blurred.

Dr. Tom :

That is a great question. It is perfectly acceptable for sutures to remain in place. They will eventually degrade and generally don't cause any trouble. But they are not likely to be the cause for your itching. If it were the stiches we would expect a foreign body sensation. Since you need to check in with your doctor for plug removal, the suture question can be completely evaluated at that time.

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