What is Tear Duct Surgery?

Category: Surgeries


Blocked tear ducts can occur in infants and in adults, and sometimes occur after facial trauma. In most patients, this causes excessive tearing. Surgery, known as External Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR), is then scheduled to open a new passage between the tear sac and nose.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Blocked tear duct 2 1
Dry eyes 1 1
Post-traumatic stress disorder 1 0
Sjogren's syndrome 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 1
None 1

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Tear Duct Surgery

Side effect Patients
Swelling around eyes 1


Stopped having Tear Duct Surgery

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 0
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 2
Not specified 0
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Tear Duct Surgery.