“Punctal Plugs and Iodine Related Discomfort”
Purpose: Intravitreal injection of medications has revolutionized the treatment microvascular diseases. These diseases often require regular, life-long injections. Ensuring patient comfort is important for compliance with long-term treatments. Patients receiving regular intravitreal injections often complain of progressive dry eye related discomfort. These symptoms are likely secondary to the use of povidone iodine as an antiseptic. Investigators hypothesize that punctal plugs could reverse the progressive ocular surface discomfort induced by povidone iodine during the post-procedural state.
Device - Punctal plug
Punctal plugs are FDA approved for the treatment of dry eye. They increase lubrication of the eye by blocking the drainage of tears into the lacrimal sac. The nose portion of the plug has a larger diameter which is designed to fit in the canaliculum in order to retain the plug in the punctum. The plugs will be used on-label, as it is FDA approved in the treatment of dry eye. The purpose of punctal plugs are to increase tear volume by preventing drainage of tears into the lacrimal sac. The plugs ...read more on ClinicalTrials.org
The Use of Punctal Plugs in Reducing Iodine Related Ocular Surface Discomfort