What are clogged tear ducts?
Clogged tear ducts, also known as nasolacrimal duct obstruction, occur when the drainage system responsible for carrying tears from the eyes to the nasal cavity becomes blocked or narrowed. Tears play a crucial role in maintaining eye health by lubricating and protecting the surface of the eye. When a tear duct is clogged, tears cannot flow properly, leading to excessive tearing, eye discomfort, and potential complications such as eye infections. If you suffer from this condition and are looking for treatments in the Orlando area, look no further than Dr. Warner. Keep reading to find out how he can help you.
What are the signs and symptoms of clogged tear ducts?
Clogged tear ducts can present with several noticeable signs and symptoms. Excessive tearing, also known as epiphora, is one of the primary indications. The tears that accumulate due to the blocked tear duct cannot drain properly, resulting in watery eyes.
Additionally, individuals may experience recurrent eye infections, characterized by redness, swelling, and discharge from the eyes. The affected eye may also become sticky or crusted, particularly upon waking up. Some people may complain of a persistent, mild discomfort or aching sensation around the affected eye. It’s important to note that these symptoms can vary in severity and may be present in one or both eyes.
How can Florida Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgery help?
At Florida Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgery in Orlando, Florida, Dr. Warner provides dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) and Jone’s tube insertion to treat clogged tear ducts. Dacryocystorhinostomy and Jones’ tube insertion are surgical procedures that can effectively treat clogged tear ducts and restore normal tear drainage.
DCR involves creating a new channel between the tear sac and the nasal cavity, bypassing the blocked or narrowed duct. During the procedure, the surgeon may use specialized instruments or lasers to remove the obstructed tissue and create the new pathway, allowing tears to flow freely again.
A JONES tube insertion, on the other hand, involves placing a small, thin tube in the tear duct to provide a direct passage for tears to drain into the nasal cavity. The tube acts as a conduit, bypassing the obstruction and allowing tears to flow normally.
Schedule treatments for clogged tear ducts in Orlando
If you are experiencing discomfort, excessive tearing, or any other issues with your eyes, we welcome you to request a consultation at Florida Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgery. Consulting with a board certified ophthalmologist, like Dr. Warner, is crucial to determine the most suitable treatment option. Call 407-863-8700 or fill out the form below to get started.