Normal tear drainage takes place through tiny openings at the juncture where the upper and lower eyelids meet in the corner next to the nose.
What Can I Expect from the Procedure?
Tear duct surgery is performed using a combination of local anesthesia and IV sedation. A drainage system is created as a bypass between the internal part of the nose and the nasolacrimal (tear) sac:
- External dacryocystorhinostomy: This procedure uses a small external incision at the place on either side of the nose where the nasal pads of eyeglasses rest.
By creating a tiny space in the side of the nasal bone, the lacrimal sac is then able to effectively drain into the cavity of the nose. A comfortable silicone stent is placed in the targeted area to allow the bypass to stay open as it heals. Additionally, Dr. Cox will use dissolvable sutures that fade away on their own.