- Do you feel your eyes are too watery, all the time?
- Do you want to get rid of that burning, red-eyed sensation?
- Do you want to have clear vision again?
- Do you feel a burning, irritating, painful, gritty sensation in your eyes?
- Are you experiencing any problems related to the tears overflowing onto your cheeks?
Then you have a conditioncalled abnormal tearing, you need to get rid of this fast, through surgery to avoid more complications like complete loss of eye sight and vision later.
What is the abnormal tearing ? (watery eyes / watering eyes surgery)
The abnormal tearing is a condition of the eye, in which the tear duct is blocked (blcked tear duct). Imagine your bathroom and the drain in the bathroom draining the water in the bathroom. The tear duct (nasolacrimal duct) is like the drain in the bathroom and plays the role of draining the tears secreted by the lacrimal glands, into the nose. The blockage of the nasolcarimal tear duct can lead to an infection of the lacrimal sac area (medical side of eye, adjacent to nose) called dacryocystitis. Dacryocystitis leads to the development of redness and swelling in the lacrimal sac area, discharge from the eyes, stickiness and matting of the eyelashes and excessive tearing and redness of the eyes. You could tear a lot, or you could also feel a burning, gritty, uncomfortable sensation in your eyes.
How is a blocked nasolacrimal duct passage diagnosed?
The Oculoplastic surgeon will perform syringing in your eyes. Syringing will be able to determine the level of blockage in the tear outflow apparatus and this will allow the oculoplastic surgeon to suggest the appropriate treatment, depending on the etiology and the level of the block in the tear passage.
What’s the process of curing a blocked lacrimal passage?
The treatment of the disease varies depending upon the causes of the eye and lacrimal sac infection. Medical treatment with antibiotic drops etc can assist prevent severe infections of the eyes like corneal ulcer, but in general, the ‘drain’ needs to be opened, to re-establish normal flow of tears via the nasolacrimal duct into the nose. If the tear duct blockage is not removed, the stagnant tears can lead to recurrent eye infections, even leading to severe conditions like endophthalmitis and eye blindness. The surgery performed to treat the blocked tear duct passage is Dacryocystorhinostomy, or the DCR surgery, a surgery in which an artificial opening is built, to connect the bypass the blocked tear duct and connect the middle meatus of the nose to the lacrimal sac. This opening unblocks the tear duct, and gets you rid of all the symptoms.
Dacryocystorhinostomy surgery can be performed externally, through an incision over the lacrimal sac – External DCR Surgery or through an endocopic route through the nose – Endonasal Endoscopic DCR Surgery. External DCR surgery remains the gold standard method of cure for a blocked nasolacrimal duct passage, with success percentages greater than 95% post surgery. Endonasal DCR is performed in patient, who do not want an external scar post surgery, but percentages of success remain significantly lower, touching approximately 75%.
Recovery after Watering eyes treatment
The recovery time after this dacryocystorhinostomy surgery is a bit longer than usual. After the surgery, you are not allowed to life heavy things, or blow your nose for at least a week, because the nose blowing could cause nasal bleeding. You shouldn’t use nasal sprays, other than the ones recommended, and you shouldn’t use Aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications for the same time. Usually, after two weeks of care, you should be able to return to your usual activities without too many problems. The treatment that you have to take after the surgery consists of sinus irrigations and the use of the nasal saline spray, to remove stuck blood clots and crusting within the nasal cavity.
FAQs (Frequently Ask Question)
What should happen after the surgery?
The side-effects most expected after the lacrimal surgery are the bleeding, pain and the fatigue. You should expect to bleed through the nose for a couple of days post surgery. It is not dangerous, as the nose needs to clean itself. The bleedings do not happen for longer than 5 days, at most a week. The pain is also expected, but the doctor will prescribe you a medication, for you to not feel the pain that much. What you will feel, without doubt, is a slight pressure on your sinuses. That will persist for some time. Fatigue is also generally felt by most of the patients, so it’s better to take some time off from work after the surgery. It shouldn’t be that much, a week or so, but it’s very important for the recovery to go well.
Who can experience watery eyes?
Everyone could have watery eyes, but they’re most frequent in young babies and at people older than 60 years. If the symptoms aren’t too threatening, you may not need a surgery, but otherwise, a surgery has to be made as soon as possible, for the eyes to remain free from infections. The risk of infections rises manifold, if you have had cataract surgery performed already- Cataract surgery makes the eye more prone to infections, becoming more devastating to vision. If you have had cataract surgery and have discharge and watering from your eyes due to a blocked tear duct passage, lacrimal surgery for you should be performed as an emergency.
How should people prepare for the DCR surgery?
Generally, before the surgery, you should consult your doctor for what you have to prepare yourself. There are some medications that have to be stopped being taken a few days before and after the surgery, and it’s also recommended for you to stop smoking a few weeks before the DCR surgery. The doctor will prescribe you several medications as well, for everything to go well.
Abnormal Tearing Surgery/ DCR Before After Photos, See the Patient Result-
What is the cost of Abnormal Tearing Surgery?
Our eyes are our window to the whole wide world around us. Any abnormality with our eyes or vision can cause us tremendous inconvenience and frustration. Medical conditions may result in unnecessary, abnormal tearing from one or both eyes leading to blurry vision and irritation. Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery can help you solve this problem. Tear duct obstruction surgery is a reconstructive surgery which corrects the blockage in the tear drainage system and restores normal vision and appearance.
Tear duct obstruction surgery involves reconstructing the tear canals to restore proper drainage of tears. If you require this procedure, you must naturally want to find out the cost of tear duct obstruction surgery. In India, very high-quality medical care is available at lower costs than other countries. The costs of the surgery depend upon the type of surgery, and extent of reconstruction required.
At The Esthetic Clinic, we have a team of highly-qualified plastic surgeons who specialise in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Our medical head, Dr. Debraj Shome, is one of the most famous oculoplastic surgeons in India. Our dedicated staff is committed to giving you the best standard of care for your cosmetic surgery needs. We use the newest techniques and high-tech equipments to improve our surgical outcomes and reduce recovery times.
The Esthetic Clinic is at the forefront of techniques in DCR surgeries. Dr.Debraj Shome, one of the best oculoplastic surgeons in the world, can perform not only the various types of lacrimal and canalicular surgeries, but he can also consult you carefully, to see what else has to be done. Given his super-specialty training in both ophthalmology and plastic surgery, Dr.Debraj Shome is skilled in all tearing and eye watering disorders. Dr. Debraj Shome is a lacrimal expert, an expert in external DCR surgery as well as endoscopic DCR surgery. He is the best judge of the type of surgery you require.
About Dr. Debraj Shome
Dr. Debraj Shome – Founder, The Esthetic Clinic, is a top facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Shome is currently a Consultant at the best Mumbai hospitals like Saifee Hospital, Breach Candy Hospital, Holy Family Hospital & Nova Specialty Hospital in Mumbai, India. He has 40+ research papers in international journals, numerous presentations at conferences & many awards such as “Best Plastic Surgeon in Mumbai”, “Top 10 Cosmetic Surgeon in India”, Best Oculoplastic Surgeon India”, etc. A celebrity plastic surgeon, Dr. Shome believes plastic, reconstructive & cosmetic face surgery can allow you to lead a more fulfilled life …Read more
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