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February 21, 2024

By: Anil Birdi, MD

Oculoplastic Surgery to Fix Tear Duct and Excessive Tearing Issues

Addressing Tear Duct and Excessive Tearing Issues with Oculoplastic Surgery

Among the components of the eye, the tear ducts and their function are integral for maintaining the balance of moisture in the eye. However, issues related to tear ducts can arise, leading to discomfort, excessive tearing, and even infections. In such cases, oculoplastic surgery emerges as a viable solution to address these concerns effectively.

Understanding the Tear Duct System

The tear duct system, also known as the lacrimal system, consists of a series of ducts and glands that produce and drain tears. Tears are essential for maintaining the health and lubrication of the eye, providing a protective barrier against foreign particles and aiding in clear vision. The tear ducts, specifically the nasolacrimal duct, are responsible for draining excess tears into the nasal cavity.

Common Tear Duct Issues

Tear duct problems can manifest in various ways, including:

  • Excessive Tearing is a condition, characterized by an overflow of tears, can result from blocked tear ducts or abnormalities in their structure.
  • Blocked Tear Ducts are a blockage in the tear ducts can occur due to congenital factors, injury, infections, or age-related changes.
  • Lacrimal Gland Disorders can cause issues with tear production, leading to dry eyes or excessive tearing.
  • Eyelid Malpositions are conditions such as ectropion (outward turning of the eyelid) or entropion (inward turning of the eyelid) can affect the tear ducts’ function.

Oculoplastic Surgery as a Solution

Oculoplastic surgery is a specialized branch of ophthalmology that focuses on the management of eyelid, orbital, and lacrimal system disorders. When it comes to tear duct issues, oculoplastic surgeons have several techniques at their disposal to address the problem effectively:

Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)

This surgical procedure is commonly used to treat blocked tear ducts. It involves creating a new drainage channel for tears to bypass the obstruction, typically by connecting the lacrimal sac to the nasal cavity. DCR can be performed using traditional or endoscopic techniques, depending on the patient’s needs.

Lacrimal Gland Surgery

In cases where lacrimal gland disorders are causing tear-related issues, surgical intervention may be necessary. This can include procedures to remove abnormal growths or to reposition the gland to improve tear production.

Eyelid Repair

Malpositions of the eyelids, such as ectropion or entropion, can affect the tear ducts’ function. Oculoplastic surgery can correct these issues by adjusting the position of the eyelid and restoring normal tear drainage.

Canalicular Surgery

For patients with issues specifically involving the tear ducts’ drainage canals (canaliculi), surgical repair or reconstruction may be necessary to restore proper tear drainage.

Trust SightMD with your Oculoplastic Surgery

Oculoplastic surgery offers effective solutions for addressing a wide range of tear duct and excessive tearing issues. By addressing the underlying causes of these problems, oculoplastic surgeons can improve patients’ comfort, vision, and overall eye health. If you are experiencing symptoms related to tear duct dysfunction, consulting with an oculoplastic surgeon can help determine the most appropriate course of action to address your specific needs. SightMD has been voted the best Oculoplastic Surgery Practice on Long Island. Contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our skilled oculoplastic surgeons at your nearest location!