Dr. Amy Kulak is a board-certified oculofacial surgeon that treats patients from all over North East Florida. She is a well-loved doctor specializing in different cosmetic procedures, including lip injections, dermal filler, laser resurfacing, and tearing and lacrimal surgery. If you are in the area and looking for a surgeon who can treat all your cosmetic needs, you have come to the best place.
Tears in your eyes are produced by the lacrimal gland located above the eye. The tears are used to constantly wash over the eye to keep it lubricated and drain into the tear duct.
Excessive tearing is a common problem and can be due to different reasons. An overproduction of tears is often reflexive tearing due to dryness and irritation of the eyes. While a blockage of the lacrimal drainage system is when any part of the drainage system is blocked or narrow. The tears well up in the eyes and flow over the cheek.
If you have a complex obstruction in the duct, you may need to have a surgery called DCR or dacryocystorhinostomy. This procedure involves creating a new route for the tears to flow. The route goes from the lacrimal sac directly into the nasal cavity bypassing the blocked duct.
DCR or lacrimal surgery is a same-day outpatient surgery. It can be performed by placing a small incision through the side of the nose or done endoscopically through cameras inserted into the nose. An opening is then made in the bone between the lacrimal sac and the nasal cavity. This creates a direct space between them and allows the tears to bypass the obstructed duct and resume normal tear flow.
Often a tube called a stent is left in to keep the passageways open. The tube is removed in about 2-3 months via an in-office appointment.
Your doctor will let you know what to do when you are preparing to have your DCR. Prior to your tearing surgery, you will either have a CT scan or MRI to provide a more detailed image of the nasolacrimal area.
Your surgeon will let you know what to expect when it comes to recovery, but you can expect to be sore and follow up within ten days with your doctor.
If you are experiencing excessive tearing, give us a call. We would love to schedule you an appointment to talk with Dr. Kulak about your treatment options. She treats patients all over North East Florida and would love to help you. Contact us today at (904) 775-5275 or email@example.com.