Blocked Tear Ducts? How a DCR Can Help

DCR (blocked tear duct) Bellevue WASo, you may not want to cry in front of a complete stranger or on a first date with someone, but your tears are there for a reason. Your tears are what naturally keep your eyes lubricated and protected from things such as dirt, dust, germs, and bacteria. However, if your tear ducts become clogged, it can lead to a variety of symptoms including watery eyes, painful swelling, mucous discharge, and eye irritation. In other words, it’s a whole mess of annoyance. Luckily, with a Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR), Dr. Kristin Tarbet help you find relief.

What is a DCR?

A DCR— not to be mistaken with your DVR— is a surgical procedure that is done to restore the flow of tears from the lacrimal sac— leaving patients feeling like their normal, healthy self once again.

During this surgical treatment, Dr. Kristin Tarbet will make a small hole between the tear sac and the inside of the nose which will help the tears flow and will restore your tear ducts natural function. In some instances, a stent is placed to help clear the fluid out even more.

What Is Recovery Like?

Before you are sent home from our office, we will give you a  detailed care packet with instructions on how to care for your eye, nose, and the wound. Additionally, we may prescribe you with some oral or topical antibiotics to help prevent infection. If you are experiencing pain or inflammation after surgery, you should be able to take some over-the-counter medications to help ease the pain.

If you suffer from blocked tear ducts and are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, Dr. Kristin Tarbet may recommend a DCR or a similar treatment to help restore your tear flow. To learn more about this procedure or to schedule your consultation, contact our office today at 425-455-2131!

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