If you have frequent or constant excess tearing, Dr. Levin provides an evaluation and lacrimal surgery to help correct this problem. Schedule a consultation at her Westport office to discuss your available options.
Recovery After Your Treatment
Because Dr. Levin uses minimally invasive techniques, you will be able to return home immediately following your surgery. If the problem is limited to the opening of the tear duct drain (punctum), that procedure, called punctoplasty, can be performed in the office with local anesthesia. Patients usually resume normal activities in 1-3 days.
If the problem is blockage of the tear duct in the nose, the surgery to correct it is called dacryocystorhynostomy (DCR). It is performed as an outpatient same-day procedure with general anesthesia. The surgery usually takes 30-60 minutes. The recommended downtime is 5-7 days.
Another possible cause of tearing is malposition of the eyelid where the drain is no longer in position to collect the tears effectively. That is corrected in the office by tightening the eyelid tendons and using sutures to improve the position of the tear duct. During the recovery period, you will be asked to avoid exercise and other strenuous activities.
Dr. Levin will provide you with complete recovery instructions and will see you for a follow-up appointment to check your progress. If you have any questions or concerns during your recovery period, Dr. Levin and her staff will be able to assist you.