Can I have watery eyes surgery done under local anaesthetic?
Yes, you can have your watery eyes surgery done under local anaesthetic.
The watery eyes surgery is called DCR or dacryocystorhinostomy. We do a special technique, using a very small incision in the tear trough under local anesthetic. It is done in the hospital. So you have all the nursing facilities, technical facilities and recovery facilities, but you are actually awake.
There will be an anesthetist present and he will make sure that you feel calm and relaxed. Meanwhile, as well as doing it for the small incision, I observe the area where I am making the little bypass inside the nose with the endoscope. That is the little torch I put in the nose to see where the sack is going to be opening. So yes, of course, you can have it under local anesthetic.
There will be two or three little stitches that are barely visible and within one to three weeks, there will be any scar visible on your face at all. This is good for people of all ages and good for people of all skin colours as well.
More about Jane Olver
Ms Jane Olver is the founder of Clinica London and a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Oculoplastic Surgeon. Her special expertise is in oculoplastic and cosmetic eye surgery including eyelids and lacrimal surgery. She is specialised in endoscopic lacrimal surgery for watering eyes in adults and children. She has over 20 years’ experience in treating people with eye problems just like you, and has published extensively in scientific journals about Ophthalmology and Lacrimal Surgery and is the author of the books “Ophthalmology at a Glance” and “Colour Atlas of Lacrimal Surgery”. At Clinica London, she is responsible for the Aesthetic Medicine and Surgery part, as well as patients with eye, eyelid and tear duct problems, and acute eye problems.