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Revista Cubana de Oftalmología

versión impresa ISSN 0864-2176versión On-line ISSN 1561-3070

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ALEMANY GONZALEZ, Jaime  y  CAMACHO RUAIGIP, Fariel. Canicular occlusion with Herrick silicone plugs in the treatment of dry eye. Rev Cubana Oftalmol [online]. 2002, vol.15, n.1. ISSN 0864-2176.

To evaluate the disappearance of symptoms and signs in the dry eye syndrome due to deficiency of the aqueous component of the lacrimal film, 15 patients that were under treatment with artificial tears, although they still had symptoms resulting from ocular dryness, were studied. Canicular occlusion with collagen plugs was performed first as a test and then definitive occlusion with Herrick silicone plugs in the inferior canaliculus. These patients were evaluated at the physician’s office a year after the procedure. It was found that the symptoms dissappeared in 52 % of the cases, that 40 % needed to add occasionally collyrium of artificial tears and that 8 % of them required occlusion of the superior canaliculus. This treatment is a simple and effective method that provides long-term release to patients with dry eye syndrome and improves their quality of life.

Palabras clave : SILICONES [therapeutic use]; DRY EYE SYNDROMES; LACRIMAL DUCT OBSTRUCTION [surgery]; OPHTHALMIC SOLUTIONS.

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