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What is Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR)?
It is an operation for tear drainage. Normally, tears are drained throughtiny ducts from the inside corner of the eye to the nose. If these ducts become stenosed or occluded, tears cannot be drained efficiently and the patient suffers from increased lacrimation or repeated inflammations, which could affect the person’s daily functions.

Why does thus occlusion occur?
The lacrimal system that is responsible for tear drainage could be occluded because of repeated inflammations in this area in which the ducts are located, or in the nose or due to sinusitis. Also, females are more prone to this with aging.

What are the important steps taken before surgery?
If your ophthalmologist decides you need a DCR, he will order some tests. You are advised not to take pills for headaches especially aspirin for two weeks before surgery. If you are taking anticoagulant therapy, you should consult with your internal medicine doctor about this matter.

What happens during surgery?

The purpose of the operation is to restore tear drainage to its natural course in the nose, and that is achieved through a small opening about 1 mm beside the nose where the glasses pads sits. In most of the cases, the wound heals perfectly without a scar. Also, a silicone tube is inserted in the new drainage to keep it patent and not to close again, and removed after 3 months.

What happens after surgery?
Bloody discharge from the nose often occurs and stops in a few hours. You should not eat or drink hot foods in the first day in order not to re-bleed. Blowing the nose violently is prohibited for a week. It is also customary to have mild tearing for few weeks until the tubes are taken out.

What is the treatment prescribed after the surgery?
The patient takes antibiotics and anti-inflammatories. A local ointment is put over the wound for a week, until stitches are removed. The patient is usually given an appointment after 3 months to remove the tubes.
If you have further inquiries, ask your ophthalmologist.

 
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