Watery eyes (epiphora) can be a significant problem for a large number of people. Not only can the delicate surrounding eyelid skin become sore, but the increased tears can interfere with vision and even be socially embarrassing. Having a blocked tear duct can also lead to recurrent infections and may need to be addressed before undergoing eye operations such as cataract surgery.
As a trained ophthalmic plastic surgeon Mr Michael Wearne has expertise in diagnosing and treating the many different causes of tearing in children and adults. There have been significant advances in this area of ophthalmology in recent years including less invasive surgical techniques and improved anaesthetic options. In addition there are several new lacrimal plugs and stents, all available at the Eastbourne Eye Clinic, which can sometimes be used effectively to avoid surgery.
"My eyes used to water constantly but are now greatly improved following tear duct surgery (DCR's). I was very pleased with the excellent treatment received from Mr Wearne."
"I was referred by my GP with a blocked tear duct which was causing uncomfortable and embarrassing watering. Mr Wearne carefully explained the problem and the types of procedures available. I was given time to consider which procedure I would like without any pressure. On the day I was seen quickly and efficiently. I was made to feel very much at ease and confident that everything would be fine. I am very happy with the result of my treatment."