The perils of permanent punctal plugs

C. N.S. Soparkar, J. R. Patrinely, J. Hunts, J. V. Linberg, R. C. Kersten, R. Anderson

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PURPOSE: To describe previously unreported complications associated with permanent lacrimal punctal plugs. METHOD: Five oculoplastic practices reviewed patients referred to them over the preceding 2 years for permanent lacrimal punctal plug complications. RESULTS: In 12 patients, 14 lacrimal punctal plugs migrated distally within the lacrimal drainage system, causing symptoms and necessitating surgical removal. CONCLUSION: Luxation of permanent punctal plugs into the distal lacrimal drainage system can occur, sometimes requiring complex surgical intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-121
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Ophthalmology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology


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