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Medennium SMARTPlugs For Dry Eye May Pose Eye Infection Risk

Apr 7, 2011 9:00:51 AM

Dry eye syndrome occurs when tears aren't able to provide adequate moisture for your eyes for any of a number or reasons. The eyes of individuals with this condition may sting or burn.

One treatment for dry eyes has been the insertion of "plugs" that increase the patient’s own natural tears on the ocular surface. One popular plug, typically inserted below the surface of the eyelid to prevent rubbing on the eye, is the SMARTPlug from Medennium Inc.. The SMARTPlug is an intracanalicular plug that is thermo-sensitive, expanding and hardening into the canaliculus with body heat.

However, some eye doctors have been reporting an increased risk of eye infections from use of the SMARTPlug. A recently published study reinforces the conclusion that the Medennium SMARTPlug may be associated with an increased incidence of canaliculitis (a type of eye infection).

These reports ought to be investigated by the FDA to ensure maximum safety and comfort to dry eye sufferers to whom this treatment is recommended.


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Why is there no class action suit against this company? I m going in for surgery this month due to the Smartplugs...

Tom D'Amore

I am not aware of any class action suits at this time, but I wish you the best of luck with your upcoming surgery.

Sherron Crosby

Is there still no action against Smartplug manufacturer?
I just had the second surgically removed.

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