What is tear duct surgery?

Tear duct surgery can provide significant relief, restore normal tear drainage, and improve overall eye health and comfort. Also known as dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR), this procedure is designed to treat blockages or abnormalities in the tear ducts, which can cause excessive tearing, recurrent eye infections, or even blurry vision. The procedure aims to create a new drainage pathway for tears to bypass the blocked tear duct and flow into the nasal cavity, allowing for proper tear drainage. 


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Am I a candidate?

The right candidates for tear duct surgery are individuals who experience persistent symptoms related to tear duct blockage or dysfunction. These symptoms may include excessive tearing, recurrent eye infections, discharge, or blurred vision. This surgery is typically recommended when conservative treatments, such as warm compresses or antibiotic eye drops, have not provided sufficient relief.

Candidates may have a blocked tear duct due to various causes, including congenital abnormalities, trauma, infections, or nasal issues. A thorough evaluation by an ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon like Dr. Warner will determine the appropriateness of this surgery based on the severity of symptoms, the underlying cause of the blockage, and the overall health of the patient.

What can I expect during tear duct surgery?

During tear duct surgery, you can expect a carefully planned and precise procedure aimed at addressing blockages or abnormalities in the tear ducts. The surgery is typically performed under local or general anesthesia, ensuring patient comfort throughout the procedure. Dr. Warner will make a small incision near the affected tear duct area and may use specialized instruments or endoscopic techniques to access and clear the blockage. In some cases, a small artificial tube or stent may be inserted to maintain the newly created tear drainage pathway.

What can I expect after the procedure?

While each case is unique, you can generally anticipate a short recovery period with minimal discomfort. You may experience mild swelling, bruising, or watery eyes following the surgery, which can be managed with prescribed medications and cold compresses. Regular follow-up visits with Dr. Warner will be scheduled to monitor progress, ensure proper healing, and address any concerns. 

Schedule a tear duct surgery consultation in Orlando

Tear duct surgery offers patients the opportunity to enjoy clearer vision and a reduced risk of eye infections, allowing them to go about their daily activities with greater ease. To find out if you are a candidate, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Warner, a board certified ophthalmologist and surgeon. Fill out the form below or give us a call at 407-863-8700 to get started.

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A Consultation

At Florida Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgery in Orlando, Dr. Warner provides the best in oculoplastic and cosmetic care. It all starts with a consultation, where Dr. Warner can assess your goals and answer any questions that you have. Please fill out the form below or give us a call at (407) 863-8700 to get started.