At Aurora, our ophthalmologists perform 2 types of tear duct surgeries:
Endonasal DCR: A narrow tube (endoscope) is inserted through the nostrils to the tear ducts. The endoscope has a tiny camera on the end, so your doctor can see inside your body. Usually an incision is unnecessary, so you’ll have no scarring and will recover quickly.
External DCR: Am ophthalmologist creates a small incision on your nose to access your tear ducts.
Both procedures are usually performed on an outpatient basis and can be done using local anesthesia and sedation, so you won’t have to undergo general anesthesia.