DCR (Blocked Tear Duct)

What is DCR?

DCR (blocked tear duct) | Bellevue WA | Seattle

Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is a surgical procedure to restore the flow of tears into the nose from the lacrimal sac when the nasolacrimal duct becomes blocked or obstructed.

Symtoms

The most common symptoms are:

  • excessive watering
  • mucous discharge
  • eye irritation
  • painful swelling in the inner corner of the eyelids

Blocked Tear Duct Treatment

Surgery consists of connecting a tube from the tear drain to the nose. Drains called a “Jones tube” are left behind to prevent the gap from closing and are removed after a few months. This is done under a local anesthesia and is performed as an outpatient procedure, patients go home same day.


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