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Tearing/Tear Duct Obstruction Management and Surgery in Tampa Bay

Blockage in the tear ducts can cause watery, irritated eyes. At Eyelid Surgeons of Tampa Bay, we specialize in tear duct obstruction treatments to help patients manage and eliminate symptoms. We welcome patients from St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, FL and the world.

What is Tear Duct Obstruction?

Tear duct obstruction is when there is a blockage in the tear ducts, which prevents them from draining properly. When the tear ducts become blocked, you may experience symptoms that include:

  • Tearing or watery eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Irritation
  • Blurred vision
  • Infections

If these symptoms become painful or severe, treatment is recommended. There can be many causes of a tear duct obstruction, including injury, tumors, or even a simple infection. In any case, Eyelid Surgeons of Tampa Bay specializes in tear duct obstruction management and surgery to help you overcome your symptoms.

Am I A Good Candidate for Tear Duct Obstruction Management and Surgery?

If you are experiencing a tear duct obstruction that is interfering with your quality of life, you may be a good candidate for tear duct obstruction management or surgery treatments. However, the best way to determine if you are a suitable candidate for these services is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Mohadjer.

During your consultation, Dr. Mohadjer will examine your tear duct and your nasal passages, and discuss with you the findings and the treatment options in order to determine if these treatments are a good fit for you. At this point, we will be able to help you schedule your treatment or find a suitable alternative.

What is the Tear Duct Obstruction Management and Surgery Treatment Like?

Some patients can be treated quite conservatively with irrigation of their tear ducts, and/or drops and nasal spray to treat inflammation that may have caused the symptoms.

For more severe cases, surgery may be necessary. Surgery is tailored to the specific problem, in some cases requiring stents to keep the tear ducts open, a bypass procedure (dacryocystorhinostomy) to create a new opening, or a Jones Tube to create a direct connection between the eye and the nose to allow drainage. Surgical procedures are performed with anesthetic for your safety and comfort.

What is the Tear Duct Obstruction Surgery Recovery Process Like?

After tear duct obstruction surgery you will experience some swelling and soreness in the treatment area, which can be easily managed using ice and medications. Patients are encouraged to rest for a few days, and may want to take time off of work and other activities. However, the majority of side effects should resolve within a week or two, at which time you’ll be able to resume all usual activities.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect from Tear Duct Obstruction Management and Surgery?

The goal of tear duct obstruction management and surgery procedures is to eliminate blockages in the tear ducts and produce long-lasting relief. This relief is often immediate, or will develop within a few weeks of treatment. Patients often enjoy long-lasting results, but treatment is not a guarantee that future blockages will not develop. If you have a condition that makes you prone to tear duct obstructions, you may need to monitor your results in order to prevent any serious issues from developing.

If you are seeking treatment for tear duct obstruction, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Mohadjer. At Eyelid Surgeons of Tampa Bay, we proudly serve the men and women living in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, FL and the world.