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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Anyone Ever Diagnosed With Epiphora

This is the medical term for a blocked tear duct.  I've been diagnosed with it and have an appointment with an Ophthalmologist/MD to do a procedure to clear it.  The Opthamologist I saw today wasn't successful in trying to flush it with a probe so he referred me to another doctor.  Of course I started looking on the internet and the procedure ranges from simple in office and if that doesn't work, an out-patient surgical procedure.  I don't know anyone who has had this done so I'm hoping someone on the boards has or knows someone who has.  Thanks in advance!  Reva

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Registered: ‎03-19-2016

Re: Anyone Ever Diagnosed With Epiphora

  My son had tear duct surgery when he was less than a year old. It went very well, no more problems. 

  My husband was in Vietnam and I sent many photos. He was the one who said something was wrong with his eye!

   I’m sure that surgery is better now (that was 53 years ago). He came out of the surgery looking great and wanting to play. So, I think you should do fine. Take care!

   

 

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Registered: ‎10-24-2010

Re: Anyone Ever Diagnosed With Epiphora

I have a blocked tear duct in the left eye. Surgery will be the last resort. The success rate is a low percentage plus you have a scar. I go to an eye duct specialist and we clear the duct about once every 12-16 months. That is working for me now. I use warm compresses when my eye stays wet. It's an issue that you learn to manage as you grow older.

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Re: Anyone Ever Diagnosed With Epiphora

I worked with a lady that had problems with a blocked tear duct. Her eye would water badly. Her Opthamologist kept hers cleared. She had it to happen about 3 times when I knew her. 

 

She never mentioned surgery, 

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Registered: ‎03-09-2010

Re: Anyone Ever Diagnosed With Epiphora

Thank you for the replies.  I didn't know it can be managed without a surgical procedure.  I have an appt. at the end of the month to see another Opthamologist but in the meantime, the Opthamologist I saw this week prescribed steroid eye drops for 2 weeks.