Dry Eye Syndrome (
) is a disorder of tear film due to tear
deficiency or excessive evaporation that causes damage to the ocular surface. The
balance of tear production and tears loss through drainage and evaporation maintains the
moisture level in the eye. When this balance is not sustained, dry spots appear on the surface
of the eye and cause irritation, redness, blurring of vision, discomfort, pain etc. Punctal
occlusion is considered advantageous who still suffer with dry eyes and who cannot instill
eye drops frequently. Punctal occlusion helps patients retain natural and artificial tears on
the ocular surface. Blocking the lacrimal punctum impedes the outflow of tears, thereby
increasing the aqueous tear component and retains natural tears on the ocular surface.
This presentation will expose the potential of Succinylated Collagen Punctal Plugs (SCPP)
and their efficacy in the temporary treatment of DES and various ocular surface disorders (OSD). SCPP is a biocompatible,
biodegradable, cost effective punctal plug. The present study in human eyes confirms the biocompatibility, efficacy and safety
of SCPP and shows a promising alternative for temporary punctal occlusion in DES and other ocular surface disorders.
Dr. Hadassah Janumala completed her postgraduate studies In India and secured university FIRST rank and was awarded GOLD MEDAL.
completed her PhD in Biochemistry, with CSIR fellowship in INDIA. She was also awarded CSIR- RA (Research Associate fellowship)
to pursue her
postdoctoral studies. She has 2 International Patents (PCT)
led in 7 countries to her credit, along with a good number of publications in ophthalmic
journals. She is also writing a chapter in a book, reviewed many papers and also delivered guest lectures in many schools in IN
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