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New Instrument
September 2001

A New Groove Director for Simplified Nasolacrimal Intubation

Author Affiliations

From Oculoplastic Surgery Inc, Salt Lake City, Utah (Drs Anderson and Yen); California Eye Clinic, Antioch, Calif (Dr Hwang); and the Department of Ophthalmology, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil (Dr Lucci). Two of the authors (R.L.A. and I.P.H.) have a financial interest in this instrument.

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(9):1368-1370. doi:10.1001/archopht.119.9.1368

Silicone intubation is commonly performed to maintain patency of the lacrimal drainage system. We describe a new lacrimal groove director, designed to simplify retrieval of the metal Crawford probe with minimal trauma to the nasal mucosa. This instrument can also be used to infracture or medialize the inferior turbinate in both pediatric and adult populations during nasolacrimal duct intubation or external or endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy.