Abstract CONSTANT epiphora is a major annoyance to, if not a serious affliction of, many people. The results of treatment of epiphora, when due to partial or complete stenosis of the lower lacrimal canaliculus, are often less than desired. This is in contrast to the usually satisfactory results obtained in treatment of epiphora when due to dacryocystitis, closure of the nasolacrimal duct in infants, or ectropion. Epiphora due to partial stenosis of the lower canaliculus is much more frequent than that due to complete stenosis of this canal. Partial closure of the canaliculus is especially frequent in the older age group; often the puncta only are closed in these persons. PARTIALLY STENOSED LOWER CANALICULUS In 1949 I reported the use of a plastic rod for the treatment of partially stenosed lower lacrimal canaliculi.1 Nylon rods2 are now used instead of the plastic rods employed previously. There is no danger References 1. Veirs, E. R.: Surgical Treatment of Lacrimal Drainage System , Texas J. Med. 46:111-113 ( (Feb.) ) 1950. 2. Nylon rods, one with outside diameter of 0.043 in. and the other with an outside diameter of 0.045 in., manufactured by the Clay-Adams Company, Inc., 141 E. 25th St., New York 10. 3. Manufactured by the Clay-Adams Company, Inc., 141 E. 25th St., New York 10. 4. B-D Special Needle, No. T462LNR, Becton, Dickinson & Co., Rutherford, N. J. The needles were described as "New Instruments" at the Fifty-Sixth Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, Section on Ophthalmology, Oct. 14, 1951, Chicago. 5. Callahan, A.: Surgery of the Eye: Injuries , Springfield, Ill., Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 1950, pp. 79-80. 6. Henderson, J. W.: Management of Strictures of the Lacrimal Canaliculi with Polyethylene Tubes , Arch. Ophth. 44:198-203 ( (Aug.) ) 1950.Crossref
A.M.A. Archives of Ophthalmology – American Medical Association
Published: Jan 1, 1952
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