The benefits of collagen plugs is a good means to ensure both best outcome in vision and for safety. As mentioned collagen plugs, block the tear drains too accumulate more moisture and dissolve and disappear on their own within 3 months without the need to removing or taking out. Collagen plugs has several advantages for our LASIK Manhattan NY patients to recover from their surgery as follows:
1) Our Manhattan NY patients achieve a faster visual recovery by a month with the best visions obtained 1-2 months with LASIK. With PRK, the corneal abrasion heals from 7 days to within 3-4 days thus allowing one to see more quickly within the first rate and also makes the visions come in quicker the next few months for our Manhattan NY PRK patients.
2) Our Manhattan NY patients are also less dependent on artificial tears for the first several months with collagen plugs. Our Manhattan NJY patients use less of a frequency and shorter duration with the insertion of collagen plugs.
3) Our Manhattan NY patients are less likely to get an infection in the eye based upon Dr. Columbus’s experience in the benefits of the plugs used in conjunction of post-operative antibiotics. The plugs hold the antibiotics longer in the eyes with less draining immediately into the lacrimal drain to the nose. This blockage of the drain of the eye allows the antibiotics to absorb in the LASIK flap or PRK abrasion in our Manhattan NY surgical patients thus making the antibiotics more efficacious in killing bugs and germs and thus helping reduce the risk of post-operative infection in our Manhattan NY patients.
4) Lastly with our Manhattan NY patients the additional moisture helps reduce the chances of post-operative glare for the first couple of months. Sometimes with our Manhattan NY patients dry eyes can cause some mild glare at night which can be made better, reduced or resolved with the usage on collagen plugs

About Dr. Columbus

Dr. Bill, as he is affectionately known, is the founder and surgical director at Columbus LASIK Vision. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at Scranton University and his medical degree at Penn State University Medical Center where he also performed his internal medicine internship. He then spent three years at Nassau County Medical Center training in Ophthalmology. Shortly after finishing at Nassau county, he began his cornea and refractive fellowship at the prestigious Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan. Dr. Columbus has demonstrated his commitment to excellence with over 25,000 corrective eye procedures.