TRAFFIC ADVISORY:

President Trump is scheduled to be in Philadelphia on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 at The National Constitution Center (NCC) in the Independence Mall area. Increased police presence is anticipated in Center City throughout Tuesday afternoon and evening. Please allow extra time if you are going to Wills Eye. Please be advised of area street closures to vehicles beginning at 1:00PM on Tuesday 9/15. Pedestrian access will also be limited in the area. This is subject to change and area restrictions, which could widen, will be lifted once the President departs the NCC. There are also demonstrations planned for Tuesday 9/15 around Independence Mall as well as City Avenue.

Punctal Plug Insertion

Dry eye syndrome is treated with a step-wise approach. When medical therapy, including artificial tears and cyclosporine (e.g. Restasis) is not enough, blocking the exit of tears from the surface of the eye may be helpful. This can be accomplished with temporary dissolvable plugs or more permanent punctal plugs. Dissolvable plugs are occasionally used to test whether closing the tear ducts will be beneficial. More commonly, silicone plastic plugs are placed. These generally remain in the tear ducts for months, or ideally, years. They are placed in an in-office procedure that typically takes a few minutes. The main downside to plugs is that they occasionally fall out. While this doesn’t cause any problems, when they fall out they aren’t working anymore. They can generally be replaced with a larger plug. When the largest plugs fall out, punctal cautery can be considered (see below).