Endonasal (Scarless) and External Tear Duct Surgery (DCR)

Learn More About Tear Duct Surgery at Aurora

What Are Endonasal (Scarless) and External Tear Duct Surgeries (DCRs)?

If your tear duct (tear drain) is blocked, your tears will spill over your eyelids onto your cheeks rather than spreading across your eye as they are intended to do. Tear duct surgery, also known as dachryocystorhinostomy (DCR), helps to create a tear drain when yours is blocked. A blocked tear drain can cause problems, including excessive eye watering and infection.

Ophthalmologists at Aurora Health Care perform two types of tear duct surgeries – endonasal DCR, which is a scarless procedure, and external DCR, in which a small incision will be made on your nose to access your tear duct.

Endonasal DCR

As of October 2012, Aurora ophthalmologists are the only eye care specialists in Wisconsin who perform endonasal tear duct surgery.  During this procedure, ophthalmologists use a tiny camera called an endoscope to go inside the nose to create a new pathway for your tears to drain. Endonasal DCR is a minimally invasive procedure that does not usually require an incision. Two of the benefits of endonasal DCR include no external scarring and faster recovery times.

External DCR

During an external tear duct surgery, your ophthalmologist will make a small incision on your nose to access your tear ducts and create a new pathway for your tears to drain.

Both procedures usually are done on an outpatient basis so you can go home the same day. And in most cases, ophthalmologists can perform the procedures using a local anesthesia and sedation, so you won’t have to undergo general anesthesia.

Why Choose Aurora Health Care For Your Eye Care Needs?

When it comes to caring for your eyes and vision, you want the best. And at Aurora, our ophthalmologists in Wisconsin and northern Illinois are dedicated to providing the best, most advanced eye care and treatments available today.

Because Aurora eye care experts work within the entire Aurora Health Care system, they can offer you so much more than simple vision care. At Aurora, you’ll get:

  • Expert care at any hour of the day – At Aurora, we have board-certified ophthalmologists on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to care for you if you have an eye emergency – even if it’s at 3 a.m.
  • Care focused on you – Every one of our ophthalmologists believes that involving patients in the decisions that affect them, making them a part of their health care team, and making sure they understand their condition and treatment options is the best way to deliver outstanding care. At Aurora, you can expect us to focus on you, delivering the best possible care for you.
  • Immediate access to referrals – Aurora Health Care offers hundreds of specialists under one roof, as part of one integrated health care team. Some eye conditions are signs of other conditions, such as diabetes, vascular disease and neurological issues. If your ophthalmologist sees evidence of other disease during your eye exam, he or she can make a referral to another specialist and get you an appointment right away.
  • Convenient care in multiple locations – Aurora has eye care specialists in a variety of locations across eastern Wisconsin. We have clinics, hospitals and surgery centers that offer the entire spectrum of eye care.
  • Care for infants through senior citizens – At Aurora, we have eye care ophthalmologists who specialize in eye care for both adults and children. Our pediatric ophthalmologists are specially trained to diagnose and treat eye conditions in children.
  • Innovation – You can expect innovative treatments using the latest advancements in technology, including:

How Do I Schedule a Consultation With an Ophthalmologist?

To schedule a consultation or appointment with an ophthalmologist at Aurora, call one of our ophthalmology offices directly. View the list of Aurora ophthalmologists.