What are lacrimal stents?
Lacrimal stents are small, tube-like devices used to treat blockages or narrowings in the tear drainage system. These stents, typically made of silicone or other biocompatible materials, are inserted into the tear ducts to maintain their patency and promote proper tear drainage. With the successful placement of lacrimal stents, you can anticipate improved tear drainage and relief from the bothersome symptoms associated with tear duct blockages.
Am I a candidate?
Candidates for lacrimal stents are individuals who experience blockages or narrowing in their tear drainage system, leading to symptoms such as excessive tearing, recurrent eye infections, and eye irritation. People with conditions like nasolacrimal duct obstruction or chronic epiphora, which is the constant overflow of tears, may benefit from lacrimal stents. Additionally, if you have undergone unsuccessful conservative treatments for tear drainage issues, you may be a suitable candidate for this procedure.
What can I expect during a lacrimal stents procedure?
During a lacrimal stents procedure, you can expect a relatively simple and minimally invasive outpatient experience. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia, ensuring your comfort throughout the process. A small incision is made near the inner corner of the eye, allowing access to the tear drainage system. A soft, flexible tube called a lacrimal stent is carefully inserted into the narrowed or blocked tear duct to provide a new pathway for tears to drain properly. The stent helps to keep the duct open, preventing blockages and allowing tears to flow naturally. The entire procedure usually takes around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity of the case.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Following the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. Some swelling or bruising around the incision site is common but should subside within a few days. Patients are usually advised to avoid rubbing or touching the area, and they may need to use prescribed eye drops or ointments to prevent infection and promote healing. Regular follow-up visits will be scheduled so that Dr. Warner can monitor your progress and ensure the stent is functioning effectively.
Schedule a lacrimal stents consultation in Orlando
Lacrimal stents offer an effective solution for tear drainage issues, providing relief from symptoms such as excessive tearing, recurrent infections, and eye irritation. Call 407-863-8700 or fill out the form below to schedule a consultation at Florida Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgery in Orlando. We look forward to seeing you!