Computerized survey of lacrimal surgery patients

Ophthalmology. 1986 Jan;93(1):14-9. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(86)33779-5.


A computerized survey of 295 patients undergoing lacrimal drainage surgery within a three-year period where a six-month follow-up was possible was undertaken. The etiology and demographic information regarding tear duct obstruction was assessed. Dacryocystorhinostomy surgery was found to be highly successful (93%), in obstructions of the lacrimal sac and lacrimal duct. The overall success rate in patients with canalicular and common canalicular obstruction undergoing a reconstructive approach was 73%, and those cases where an attempt was made to relieve epiphora with the insertion of a Jones bypass tube had a success rate of 65% on one operation. Most of these Jones tube patients could ultimately be rendered tear-free.

MeSH terms

  • Cicatrix / etiology
  • Computers
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lacrimal Apparatus / surgery*
  • Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / etiology
  • Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / physiopathology
  • Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mucocele / etiology
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Radiography
  • Reoperation
  • Therapeutic Irrigation