Indexed on: 01 Jan '93Published on: 01 Jan '93Published in: Eye
We examine a new treatment for epiphora: balloon dilatation of the nasolacrimal duct, or dacryocystoplasty. The procedure, which was performed as an out-patient procedure under local anaesthetic, was carried out on 20 patients with epiphora, 17 due to anatomical and 3 due to functional obstruction. There was an overall success rate of 60%, with complete relief of symptoms in 4 patients and a symptomatic improvement in another 8 (follow-up 2-9 months, mean 4.2 months). All patients tolerated the procedure well with minimal per-operative and post-operative discomfort. A higher success rate was seen in those patients with either a low anatomical or a functional obstruction. The procedure can be easily repeated and, if unsuccessful, still allows a dacryocystorhinostomy to be performed at a later date.