Watery Eye

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Watery eye refers to spillover of tears onto the cheek or face. The medical term is "Epiphora". Tears are normally pumped into and out of the eye during blinking, passing across the front of the eye, down the tear drain into the nose, just like the drain of a sink. The tear drain is drawn in black in the picture on the right, draining tears from the eye to the nose.

 

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A blockage of the tear drain is shown in green in the diagram on the left.When blocked (commonly called a "blocked tear duct"), the buildup and spillover of tears causes blurred vision, social embarrassment, and fogging of glasses. Over time, recurrent painful infections called "dacryocystitis" can occur.

 

 

The site of the blockage can vary. Typically, the blockage of the tear drain occurs where the tear drain passes through a bony canal into the nose. Dr Anthony Maloof specialises in keyhole surgery called Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) to open the bony canal from inside the nose to correct the blockage. Although technically more challenging for the surgeon, Dr Anthony Maloof performs all watery eye surgery via keyhole surgery.  If other blockages are present, alternative treatments may be required.This surgery is often referred to in lay terms as "watery eye specialist" or "tear duct specialist".

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