Tearing can be a source of nuisance to a patient because of the inconvenience of having to wipe the eye frequently and the blurred vision caused by the tears. Excess tearing can also lead to irritation of the surrounding eyelid skin. Tearing problems may be related to narrow or blocked tear ducts.
Dr. Victor treats both simple and complex tearing problems. Dry eyes are treated by placing punctual plugs or punctual occlusion. Occasionally tightening and raising the lower eyelid will improve dry eyes as well.
Tearing problems in adults may be related to a narrow punctum, or opening of the duct on the eyelid margin. This can be repaired in the office with a minor procedure to enlarge the passageway. Partial or complete nasolacrimal duct obstructions usually require an outpatient procedure. This procedure can be performed endoscopically or via a small incision on the side of the nose. A small tube is in inserted at the time of surgery and then removed in the office at a later date.
Insurance will usually cover these procedures depending on the benefits of your plan.