Types of Tearing Problems
Your natural tears are important for the health of your eyes. They wash away dust, and they keep your eyes lubricated. People with tearing problems either experience excessive tears or dryness, and this can be accompanied by burning, irritation, and blurred vision.
If you have any of these symptoms, you may be a candidate for surgery to correct tearing problems in St. Louis. Only a thorough medical examination will determine if surgery is the answer for you. If your tearing problems are minor, non-surgical treatments may be sufficient.
What Causes Tearing Problems?
Certain diseases like rosacea and rheumatoid arthritis can contribute to tearing problems, and menopause has also been shown to cause extreme dryness of the eyes. Ironically, dryness is sometimes the cause of excessive tears because the body is trying to self-correct the problem. In the process, it ends up overcompensating. If the cause is truly excessive tears, allergies are often the culprit.
Sometimes, tearing problems are caused by an obstruction in the tear duct which can develop as a result of aging, tumors, an injury, medications, or certain diseases.
What is the Surgery Like?
If you need surgery to correct your tearing problems, the procedure is usually called DCR, which stands for dacryocystorhinostomy. The surgeon actually creates a new passage for your tears. In some cases, a temporary tube is inserted to keep the passageway open during the recovery period.
DCR is an outpatient procedure, so you can go home the same day. Of course, you will have been sedated, so you will need someone to drive you home.
Recovery From Surgery For Tearing Problems
You will probably have some bruises and inflammation for a week or two after your surgery. Ice packs or cold compresses will help, along with keeping your head elevated and upright as much as possible. If you experience discomfort or mild pain, you can take medication to relieve it. You will also be given antibiotic eye drops or ointment to use for 7-14 days, and you may also be prescribed an oral antibiotic.
The amount of recovery time is generally minimal, but it varies from patient to patient. Ophthalmic Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery, Inc.’s personnel will give you an idea of what you can expect in your particular case after your surgery.
See also Lacrimal Disease.