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How do I know if I need dcr surgery or tear duct intubation?

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How do I know if I need dcr surgery or tear duct intubation? I am a 72 year old male with a partially blocked tear duct.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Hello, Thank you for the question.I am Dr.A.S.Desai and I look forward to assisting you .

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Customer:

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Dr. A.S. Desai :

I would say that a DCR surgery would be more effective if the lacrimal sac is not atrophied ( become small due to aging).

Customer:

After dcr, will I feel air in my eye when blowing nose, etc?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

No

Dr. A.S. Desai :

It would feel normal as the tears would now flow through a new route created surgically into the nose.

Customer:

Is intubation a "less major" surgery? DCR sounds major,

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Intubation is definitely a "less major" surgery than DCR .

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Silicone tubes are passed through the puncta which then pass into the lacrimal sac and then open into the nose. However these are left in place for about 3 months and then removed.

Customer:

Is intubation less likely to be successful at my age?

Dr. A.S. Desai :

Sometimes these might loosen or cause irritation or even be ineffective thus requiring a DCR surgery finally.

Customer:

Thank you. It sounds like DCR might be the best choice. I appreciate the information.

Dr. A.S. Desai :

You are most welcome. I wish the very best for your forthcoming surgery. Good luck and take care.

Customer:

Thanks.

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