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Epiphora service


This is a service for treatment of patients with excessively watery eyes, provided jointly by the Ophthalmology and ENT departments.

Patients with watery eyes are first seen in the Epiphora Clinic (Watery Eye Clinic) by an Ophthalmologist where they undergo an examination of the eye lids and an assessment of the tear drainage system by the syringing and probing of the tear drainage ducts.

Patients with problems with their eyelids or their punctum (opening of the tear drainage ducts in the eyelids) will have the appropriate corrective surgery.

DCR Clinic

Those patients who continue to have excessive watering or those with suspected obstruction of the tear drainage system will be assessed in the DCR Clinic, held jointly by an ENT surgeon and an Ophthalmologist, once a month. In this clinic the patients have their nasal cavity examined to identify any nasal pathology. Those patients found to have signs of an obstruction of the nasolacrimal duct will undergo Endonasal Dacryocystorhinostomy performed jointly by an ENT and an Ophthalmic surgeon.

Endonasal Dacryocystorhinostomy

Endonasal Dacryocystorhinostomy is carried out internally in the nasal cavity with the aid of a nasal endoscope for visualisation. This procedure has the advantage over the traditional External Dacryocystorhinostomy, as there is no skin incision near the eye which can interfere with the use of spectacles in the post-operative period due to pain. There are no wound related complications and there is no unsightly scar near the eye when the wound heals.

Our specialist team

The team delivering this service are:

  • Mr B Baskar - Associate Specialist
  • Mr T Rajendra - Honorary Consultant in the ENT Department
  • Debbie Campbell - Specialist Nurse
  • Sue Tabor - Specialist Nurse

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