Chronic tearing is a common problem that can be frustrating for patients and clinicians alike. There are many reasons for dysfunction of the lacrimal system, and appropriate examination and workup is required to adequately diagnose and address the problem.
This Focal Points issue reviews the myriad causes of lacrimal dysfunction and discusses proper evaluation and management. A stepwise approach to the tearing patient, including a careful history and examination, will reveal the cause of the tearing and allow proper treatment, whether the symptoms are due to hypersecretion, reflex tearing, tear pumping issues, outflow obstructions or a combination of factors.
Upon completion of this Focal Points issue, you should be able to:
- Differentiate various causes of tearing.
- Perform a thorough evaluation of the tearing patient to determine the cause(s) of tearing.
- Describe the medical and surgical treatment options to address the tearing problem.
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