What is Jones’ tube insertion?
Jones’ tube insertion is a surgical procedure used to treat a severely blocked tear duct or a damaged lacrimal system. It involves the placement of a small silicone tube called a Jones’ tube into the tear duct to create a new pathway for tears to drain from the eye to the nasal cavity. The tube is inserted through a small incision in the corner of the eye and threaded through the tear duct into the nasal cavity. This allows tears to bypass the blockage and flow freely, alleviating symptoms such as excessive tearing and recurrent eye infections.
Am I a candidate?
Candidates for Jones’ tube insertion are people who have a severely scarred and blocked tear duct or a damaged lacrimal system that is causing persistent symptoms and complications. This procedure is typically recommended when other non-invasive treatments have been unsuccessful in restoring proper tear drainage. Common candidates include men and women with chronic epiphora (excessive tearing) due to tear duct blockage, recurrent eye infections resulting from inadequate tear drainage, and individuals with a history of failed tear duct surgeries. It is also beneficial for patients who have undergone radiation therapy near the tear duct area, which can lead to scarring and blockages.
What can I expect during Jones’ tube insertion?
During Jones’ tube insertion, you can expect a relatively straightforward surgical procedure to address tear duct blockage. The surgery is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring a comfortable experience. Dr. Warner will create a small incision on the side of the nose near the inner corner of the eye. He will then carefully insert a small silicone or Pyrex tube, known as a Jones’ tube, into the tear drainage system. This tube acts as an artificial pathway for tears to bypass the blockage and drain properly into the nose.
What can I expect after the procedure?
Following the procedure, patients may experience mild swelling, bruising, or discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication and cold compresses. The healing process usually takes a few weeks, during which the patient will need to maintain good eye hygiene and follow post-operative care instructions. Over time, the Jones’ tube will help restore normal tear drainage, alleviating symptoms such as excessive tearing and recurrent infections. Regular follow-up visits with the surgeon will be scheduled to monitor the tube’s function and ensure optimal tear flow.
Schedule a consultation for Jones’ tube insertion in Orlando
Jones’ tube insertion offers an effective solution for tear duct blockage, providing patients with improved eye comfort and overall quality of life. To find out how Dr. Warner can help you, fill out the form below or call 407-863-8700 and we will set up a consultation at our practice in Orlando. We look forward to seeing you!