Prostaglandin Punctum Plugs for Glaucoma Treatment
When it comes to glaucoma therapy, the number one problem that doctors find is poor patient compliance. The patient does not do this intentionally, but it can be difficult to remember one, two or even sometimes three different drops per day, especially when the patient is asymptomatic.
Another group of patients that suffer with poor compliance are the elderly patients who present with glaucoma, some of these patients suffer from memory problems or live in assisted living arrangements that have sub-par standards.
The newest solution to this is punctum plugs that contain the prostaglandin analogue drugs that the patient needs to treat glaucoma without the hassle of remembering their drops every day. This is an exciting concept for many ophthalmologists who have to watch their patients slowly lose vision, all because of poor compliance.
How do The Prostaglandin Analogue Plugs Work?
The plugs are hydrogel based and are inserted directly into the punctum of each eye that has been given the diagnosis of having glaucoma. While it is unusual for only one eye to be diagnoses with glaucoma, trauma and different events can lead to only one eye having the disease.
The plugs look no different from the silicone plugs that are frequently used to treat dry eyes, only these plugs deliver prostaglandin analogues through a sustained release dosage, as a measure to control the patients eye pressure.
Because glaucoma is a serious ocular disease with no notable symptoms to the patient, compliance is the key factor in preventing patients from losing their peripheral, and in severe end-stage glaucoma, their central vision as well. With the plugs in place, the patient will receive daily doses of the pressure lowering drugs that they require without the hassle of remembering to take their drops daily.
Through sustained release of the medication, patients will receive the correct dosage, free from worry. When the plug has completed its cycle of use, it simply washes through the lacrimal system and a new plug replaces it. Glaucoma control has never been easier, or more dependable.