Elderly patients with watering eyes from a blocked nasolacrimal duct do not necessarily want to go into a main hospital and have a full general anaesthetic and highly technical intranasal endoscopic surgery.
LighTears ™ is a specific tear drainage operation called dacryocystorhinostomy which is done via a tear trough small skin excision (external) with endonasal endoscopic monitoring. It’s done under local anaesthetic as a day case, with or without oral or intravenous sedation. This surgery is specific to older patients who have relatively poor mobility and want to partially sit up for the surgery. These patients have “light” DCR (dacryocystorhinostomy) for relief of troublesome tearing where the patient is awake. Highly technical instrumentation is not required.
Recovery is fast. The small skin incision in the tear trough heals quickly and disappears completely over the first few weeks after surgery.
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