While tearing has many causes, a blocked tear duct is the most significant abnormality. A blocked tear duct results not only in tearing, but also in infections. Produced predominately by structures on the surface of the eye, tears drain through small passageways in the inner eyelids into the nose and throat. With a blocked tear duct, excess tears accumulate on the surface of the eye and a painful swelling may develop in the inner eyelid.
A dacryocystorhinostomy, abbreviated as a DCR, creates a new passageway for tear drainage. Dr. Rodgers performs DCRs with and without skin incisions. In the latter, a surgical endoscope is used. Tubes are typically placed through the tear duct at the time of surgery, and the tubes are subsequently removed in the office.
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