Tearing & Lacrimal Disorders
Tears are made in the outside corners of the eyes, travel across the surface of the eye, and are absorbed by four very fine tear ducts that drain into the nose. Any abnormality in this process can prevent normal tear flow and cause teary, itchy, or watery eyes. When severe, this can even lead to infections in the tear sac or face. This may be caused by allergies, trauma, radiation or certain medicines used to treat cancer; tearing may often be present with no discernable cause.
Treatment is dependent on the reason for the tearing. Some patients are improved with drops or oral medications. Other patients may need eyelid surgery, and still others may need surgery to reconstruct the tear ducts. We look forward to working with you to evaluate and find the best treatment for your condition.
What can I expect with surgery?
Surgery may be performed under general or twilight anesthesia. Patients can have bruising and swelling around the eyes for 1-2 weeks, with minimal pain. Patients are typically ready for formal social functions within 6 weeks. Surgery is typically performed with an endoscope (scarless technique), so that no incisions are necessary on the face.
Health insurance typically covers the majority of the treatments for tearing. Please schedule a consultation so that we can check what your insurance will cover.