Tearing and Tear Duct

Tearing and Tear Duct Problems | Palm Desert | Palm Springs

Epiphora is the medical term to describe excessive tearing. Patients will notice frequent, watery eyes.  Epiphora has a variety of causes and may be congenital or acquired. Causes include a blockage within the tear drainage system itself, infection, eyelid malposition/laxity and eyelid inflammation. Dr. Hui will perform a thorough evaluation to help you pinpoint the cause of your symptoms and discuss the treatment options that are most appropriate for your particular case.

In cases of an acquired blocked tear duct (nasolacrimal duct obstruction), a dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) may be performed. During this outpatient procedure, a small incision is made at the side of the nose at the level of the nasal bridge. A small amount of bone is removed from the side of the nose and a detour is created for the tears to flow out of the eye. A very small silicone stent (tube) is left in place for 3-6 months to maintain patency of the new pathway.

Recovery:  For the first few days after the procedure Dr. Hui will ask that you apply ice packs and cool compresses to minimize the swelling.  Nasal congestion is usually short lived.  Most patients are able to return to their normal routine in approximately 1 week.

Contact Dr. Hui at 760.610.2677 to learn more about excessive tearing evaluation and treatment.