What You Need to Know About Punctoplasty
- Posted on: Jul 31 2014
Punctoplasty is a surgical procedure intended to correct a narrowing of the eyelid punctum which can cause watery eyes with overflow tearing. The punctum is a small hole found in the inner aspect of the upper and lower eyelids that represents the start of the tear drainage system. When the punctum becomes narrowed, it is referred to as punctal stenosis. Punctal stenosis is often caused by problems such as blepharitis (inflammation of the upper or lower eyelids), or lower eyelid ectropion (when the lower lid is turned away from the eye).
During punctoplasty, the narrowed punctum is dilated and then opened using an instrument called a “Kelly Punch”. A silicone stent remains in the eyelids for a approximately 6 weeks and the primary eyelid condition is also treated.
Punctoplasty is a relatively short procedure, generally lasting only a few minutes. Usually a local anesthetic is used but patients who are particularly anxious can have ‘twilight anaesthesia’. Typically, patients have no pain or discomfort after the procedure.
Punctoplasty has a high success rate for patients with punctal stenosis.
Punctoplasty for watery eye in Manchester
To learn more about the punctoplasty procedure or other surgical and non-surgical procedures that Mr. Leatherbarrow performs, contact us today and schedule a consultation. Our clinic is located in South Manchester, not far from the airport, and you can reach us at 0161 947 2720. We look forward to hearing from you.
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