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Epiphora

Homeopathy Treatment for Epiphora

Epiphora is a condition where there is excessive watering of eyes, clinically the condition constitutes insufficient tears drainage from the tear drainage system (i.e. Nasolacrimal system).

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Causes of epiphora:

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Causes of Epiphora are as follows

-Eye irritation and inflammation

-Obstruction in the tear outflow tract

-Aging may be one of the reasons for the watering of the eyes.

-Common Cold.

-In neonates and infants, failure of the nasolacrimal duct to open.

-Poor reconstruction of the nasolacrimal duct system after trauma to the area.

-Facial fractures (soft tissue trauma)

-Lids disorder (ectropion - lids turn inwards and ectropion lids)

Diagnosis:

Epiphora is diagnosed by clinical observation, history and presentation of the lids.

Fluorescein dye (to detect the obstruction).

Usually the management of epiphora is done by surgery:

If the Epiphora is due to lid disorder ie, (ectropion - lids turned inwards or ectropion - lids turned outwards), then lid repair is indicated, punctual irrigation is also required. In infants with nasolacrimal defects, a nasolacrimal duct probe is used and a tube replacement, either temporary (Crawford) or permanent (Jones), is carried out. A surgical procedure called dacryocystorhinostomy is done to join the lacrimal sac to the nasal mucosa in order to restore lacrimal drainage.

Homeopathic treatment for epiphora:

Temporary symptomatic relief may be achieved for a short time using homeopathy. Long-term benefit may not be achieved. Homeopathy is not recommended for epiphora.

Homeopathic Medicine:

Euphrasia, Natrum Mur, Pulsatilla, Allium Cepa