Punctoplasty is a surgical procedure used to treat a condition called punctal stenosis, which involves the narrowing or closure of the tear duct openings (puncta) in the eyelids. During the procedure, Dr. Warner carefully enlarges or reconstructs the puncta to restore proper tear drainage and alleviate symptoms such as excessive tearing and eye discomfort. This treatment has shown promising results in improving tear drainage and relieving the symptoms associated with punctal stenosis, providing patients with enhanced eye comfort and a better quality of life.
Am I a candidate?
Punctoplasty is recommended for individuals who are experiencing symptoms of punctal stenosis, which include excessive tearing, watery eyes, and discomfort. The procedure is typically considered for patients whose tear duct openings (puncta) have become narrowed or completely blocked, leading to inadequate drainage of tears from the eyes. Additionally, individuals with eyelid scarring or trauma that has resulted in punctal stenosis may benefit from this procedure.
What can I expect during punctoplasty?
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia in the office. Dr. Warner will carefully make a small incision near the affected punctum, allowing access to the blocked or narrowed area. Depending on the severity of the stenosis, he may use various techniques to widen the punctum, such as removing scar tissue, making an incision to create a new opening, or reshaping the existing punctum. Sutures or dissolvable plugs may be used to maintain the newly created or widened opening during the initial healing phase.
What can I expect after the procedure?
After the procedure, you may experience mild discomfort, swelling, or temporary watering of the eyes. The recovery period is usually minimal, with most individuals able to resume their regular activities within a few days. Follow-up visits with Dr. Warner will be scheduled to monitor the healing process and ensure optimal results.
Schedule a punctoplasty consultation in Orlando
With the successful completion of punctoplasty, you can anticipate improved tear drainage, alleviation of symptoms, and enhanced eye comfort. To get started with a consultation, contact us in Orlando, Florida by phone, or by filling out the request form below. We will be in touch to confirm your appointment date and time.