Image module


Tears are made in the outside corners of the eyes, travel across the surface of the eye, and are absorbed by four very fine tear ducts that drain into the nose. Any abnormality in this process can prevent normal tear flow and cause teary, itchy, or watery eyes. When severe, this can even lead to infections in the tear sac or face. This may be caused by allergies, trauma, radiation or certain medicines used to treat cancer; tearing may often be present with no discernable cause.

Banner image
Congenital Tear Duct Obstruction

What are my options?

Treatment is dependent on the reason for the tearing. Some patients are improved with drops or oral medications. Other patients may need eyelid surgery, and still others may need surgery to reconstruct the tear ducts. We look forward to working with you to evaluate and find the best treatment for your condition.


Will insurance cover these treatments?

Health insurance typically covers the majority of the treatments for tearing. Please schedule a consultation so that we can check what your insurance will cover.


What can I expect afterwards?

Surgery may be performed under general or twilight anesthesia. Patients can have bruising and swelling around the eyes for 1-2 weeks, with minimal pain. Patients are typically ready for formal social functions within 6 weeks. Having cared for thousands of patients with this condition, we have combined decades of experience and look forward to helping you with your condition.