Watering eye surgery
Find out about the different kinds of surgery available to treat watering eyes available at BMI Healthcare
Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) also known as 'watering eye surgery' is a surgical procedure that makes a new passage for the tears to pass from the eye to the nose. It aims to stop fluid and mucus blockage within the lacrimal sac (tear sac), and to increase tear drainage for the relief of epiphora (watering eyes). This procedure is also known as lachrymal surgery or tear duct bypass surgery.
There are two ways of performing this surgery:
- External DCR – done through a small incision on the side of the nose
- Endoscopic DCR – done from inside the nostril, so no scars are visible.
The tear sac is opened and stitched to the lining of the nose so a direct passage is formed between the sac and the nose. A soft silicone ‘tube’ or thread may be put into the tear passage to keep it open during healing. This tube is removed in clinic about 6 -12 weeks after the operation. External DCR takes about one hour to 90 minutes.
The opening is smaller than with an external DCR and the operation is usually quicker. There is no cut in the skin for this endoscopic DCR operation. So, there will be no scar with this operation. Your surgeon will place silicone tubing into the tube passage to keep this open.
After both types of DCR procedures, you will receive eye drops to use for a few days, and detailed aftercare instructions on how to improve your recovery. You will need to return to the clinic several times after the operation so your doctor can monitor and manage your recovery.
Your specialist consultant will discuss the benefits and risks of these operations in a private consultation to answer your questions or concerns, and help you decide upon the most suitable treatment for you.
Specialists Offering Watering eye surgery
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