LighTears Treatment 2017-01-25T16:18:52+00:00

LighTears ™ treatment for elderly patients

  • Conditions Treated

    Watering eyes from a blocked nasolacrimal duct.

  • Treatable Areas

    Lacrimal duct, intranasal

  • Prices

    Please contact the clinic for more price information.

  • Practitioner


  • Downtime

    Very little. Small hidden skin incision and sutures removed at one week. Advise 48 hours rest after surgery.

  • Your Specialist

Jane Olver

Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon
Eyelid & Lacrimal Specialist

More about specialist

LighTears ™

The Problem

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. 

The Treatment

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.

The Results

Recovery is fast. The small skin incision in the tear trough heals quickly and disappears completely over the first few weeks after surgery.

Talk to us about your options on 020 7935 7990

The best way to figure out whether this is something for you is to give us a call. We can answer any questions you have and help you clarify which treatment options are best for you.

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What our patients say

“Dr Jane Olver was fantastic! She was so caring and sweet and it was clear that she knew what she was doing – very professional! I am absolutely over the moon with my results now!”

The Highest Quality

We are accredited with the major private health and professional specialty bodies who have bestowed upon us the qualifications to carry out aesthetic and medical treatments at the highest levels of quality.