DCR Surgery for blocked tear duct
I have experienced dry eye syndrome for about 13 years. My original optomologist blocked both of my lower tear ducts about 10 years ago after no relief from eye drops. Eventually these punctum plugs either became dislodged and fell out or became imbedded in my tubes. I am not sure what happened but both of my lower punctums became scarred over.
I went from dry eye to experiencing excessive tearing (overflowing) in my left eye starting in October 2005. My right eye tears but less so. My new optomologist advised me to have a punctoplasty to open up the blocked tear duct in my left eye and attempt to clear any obstruction in my tear duct. This failed to offer any relief as the tear duct is apparently blocked further down.
He then referred me to a specialist (Occulist) who wants me to have a DCR to clear the blockage. This requires a small incision on the bridge of the nose into the nasallacrimal duct.
Right now, I have put off surgery because the weather is warmer and more humid and my overflowing has pretty much ceased. I do, however, have watering in both eyes but not nearly as bad. I must assume that this condition will get worse once again when the colder, dryer weather returns.
Go figure, how do I go from dry eye to this situation...and is this all a part of the punctum plugs, scarring or a part of dry eye.