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Welcome to Blocked Tear Duct Surgery for Adults. My name is George Parker, and I’ve created this website from my personal experience of treatment for watery eye (epiphora), and the medical mismanagement I suffered from an attempt to fix it. It’s a website for adults with epiphora and those whom have had surgery or other interventions for this condition. It’s a place to share your experiences and learn from others.
The website is also for medical professionals, especially oculoplastic surgeons—to make them more aware of the frustration their so-called ‘cured’ patients feel when risks become reality. Many complex problems arise as a result of this procedure, including (with the worst kind of irony) severe and painful dry eye, and it seems that surgeons are unwilling to take these risks seriously.
I am advocating against the irresponsible overuse of DCR (dacryocystorhinostomy) surgery. It has caused me many problems, including severe dry eye and air regurgitation upon breathing and speaking (which I will discuss in detail later). I was told very little about the operative procedure and complications. According to those I’ve consulted, the damage to my eye drainage system is permanent and irreversible. I want to save you from the same fate—or, if you’ve already gone through the surgery and have problems, to let you know that you are not alone.
By profession I am a naturopath and a massage therapist, and have been practicing various alternative and complementary therapies for the past twenty years. I am educated—I studied at the Endeavour College of Natural Health—well read, and very proactive and hands-on in terms of my own health. Yet, here I am—a victim of a hasty and unnecessary surgery. How did this happen, what could have been done to prevent it, and what can be done to help those affected? These are the questions we’ll investigate here.