Repair of occluded lower canaliculus

Arch Ophthalmol. 1977 Oct;95(10):1839-40. doi: 10.1001/archopht.1977.04450100141020.


Epiphora resulting from traumatic occlusion of the inferior canaliculus has long been a vexing problem. A simple operation to cure some of these cases consists of unroofing the proximal portion of the canaliculus with use of a smooth-tipped pigtail probe passed from above as a guide. Prerequisites for the operation are a patent superior canaliculus, sac, and proximal segment of the inferior canaliculus. Epiphora was corrected in five of seven eyes with this surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Dacryocystorhinostomy*
  • Humans
  • Methods
  • Middle Aged