The Lester-Jones tube: a 15-year follow-up

Graefes Arch Clin Exp Ophthalmol. 1985;223(2):106-8. doi: 10.1007/BF02150955.


The indications for and long-term results of about 200 Lester-Jones tube insertions are reported. Follow-up was possible in 165 patients, of which 83% ended up with a comfortable dry eye. Reimplantations had been necessary in a certain percentage, dependent upon the primary cause of epiphora. The best results were achieved after herpetic canalicular obstructions, and the highest ratio of complications occurred when unsuccessful lacrimal surgery had been the indication for bypass surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Dacryocystorhinostomy*
  • Drainage / instrumentation
  • Humans
  • Lacrimal Apparatus / surgery*
  • Postoperative Complications / etiology
  • Reoperation