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Endoscopic dacrocystorhinostomy (DCR) is a procedure performed for patients with a condition called “epiphora.” Epiphora is excessive tearing from the eyes. This can be caused either by overproduction of tears or by inadequate eye drainage. When there is inadequate drainage of tears due to anatomical blockage, a DCR can be performed to relieve the blockage and restore drainage. The evaluation and management of epiphora often involves both an ophthalmologist (a physician who specializes in treatment of the eyes) and otolaryngologist (an ear, nose, and throat physician).

A DCR can be performed using either an external or endoscopic approach, depending on the particular case and surgeon’s preference. The procedure has traditionally been performed using an external approach, which involves making a small incision near the eyelid. Currently, the procedure can be performed using endoscopic techniques through the nostril without any external incisions and with equal or better success rates.

At the Raleigh Capitol Sinus and Allergy Center, our experienced surgeons will promptly evaluate your condition with care and compassion. After a thorough evaluation, often in collaboration with an experienced ophthalmologist, a full range of treatment options will be discussed with you to help you decide which option is best for you. If surgery is needed, our highly experienced surgeons can perform your surgery with expertise and a personal touch, getting you on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.

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