The impairment of vision can do serious harm to your way of living and the medical technology available at Marina del Rey Hospital will help our experienced ophthalmologists in providing you with the best treatment available for your condition.
The nasolacrimal duct repair (DCR for short) performed at our LA facility is one of the safest procedures guaranteeing a high success rate and a quick recovery so you can get back to the activities and the life you enjoy most.
A blockage of the normal flow of tears through the nasolacrimal duct may cause excessive tearing, blurred vision and the duct may become swollen, filled with liquid and even infected.
The surgical procedure that is usually required to reconstruct the tear duct is called DCR (dacryocystorhinostomy). The operation can be performed through the nose (endonasal DCR) or externally, through a small incision in the side of the nose.
Both external and endonasal DCR are same-day surgical procedures with similarly high success rates. They are performed under local or general anesthesia and last 1 to 1 1/2 hours on average. In order to perform the DCR, the following steps are undertaken:
DCR is a safe and effective surgical procedure with excellent success rates (up to 95%) and minimal scarring. In order to establish if DCR is the right procedure for you, a number of tests will be performed by an eye doctor. Besides assessment of your symptoms, checking your vision and measuring eye pressure, more complex tests may be required: telescopic examination of your nose, eye imaging, syringe or tear drainage tests. The correct treatment will mainly depend on the cause of the blockage:
The risks involved in DCR are minor and severe complications are unlikely. Some of the risks, common to all surgical procedures, are related to anesthesia. Other potential risks are:
Have you experienced excessive tearing or repeated eye infections, painful eye inflammation or discharge? Have you had your nasolacrimal duct blockage unsuccessfully treated using non-invasive procedures? You may be a good candidate for DCR surgery. Call us at 310.823.8911 to find out more and schedule a consultation today!