How Tears Work
Tears normally drain into the puncta (small holes located on the inside corners of the upper and lower eyelids). Tears collect in the tear sac that lies under the skin between the corner of the eye and the nose. The tears then flow through a small tube, called the nasolacrimal duct, into the nose. The tears are pumped through this drainage system by the blinking of the eye.
Treatment for Tear Blockage
A blockage anywhere in the drainage system can prevent proper drainage of tears and lead to excess tearing. If it is determined there is a blockage in your tear system, it may be necessary to perform a dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). A small incision is placed on the side of the nose. A small hole is then created in the paper-thin bone where a small, temporary tube is placed from the inside corner of the eye into the nose. The tube is used as a stent in the tear drainage system to prevent scarring. The tube is easily removed in the office approximately three months post-operatively.
If excessive tearing in Olympia, Washington, is interfering with your daily life, contact us today to schedule a consultation to find out if tear duct surgery might alleviate your symptoms.