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Start Shedding Tears for the Right Reasons: The Truth Behind Tear Duct Surgery

Woman using eye drops for dry eyes

Chronic dry eye, red eye, or eyes that simply produce too many tears are all indicative of an underlying tear duct problem. As the part of your eye that helps to lubricate and protect your eyes, your tear ducts are something that is often overlooked. By sweeping away debris and keeping your eyes comfortable, if your tears aren’t working, you just won’t be able to see things properly. Luckily, with the help of Dr. David A. Schlessinger, you can get your eyes fixed and start seeing the world like your normal self. Read on to learn more.


There are two different types of treatment options that Dr. David A. Schlessinger may choose from including flushing your eye and surgically fixing it.

  • Flushing the Eye: As the first method that Dr. Schlessinger will likely use, flushing the eye involves using a saline solution in hopes of unclogging the tear duct. This simple procedure only takes a few minutes and won’t cause any pain or discomfort. Although flushing out your tear ducts may solve the problem, if you suffer from persistent tearing, surgery may be required.
  • Surgery: If after Dr. David A. Schlessinger has flushed out your eye(s) they are still dry and uncomfortable, you may need to consider getting a surgical procedure called Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). During a DCR, a new channel is created so that your tears can drain through your nose again—leaving you with the ability to see once again.

When it comes to taking care of your eyes, nothing is quite as important as making sure that your tear ducts are in good shape. If you have started to notice that your tear ducts are clogged or infected, schedule an appointment with Dr. David A. Schlessinger to get them checked out. Whether you get your eye flushed out or you get the surgery done, you can rest assured that you are in good hands. To learn more about eye surgery or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. David A. Schlessinger today!