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February 1973

Treatment of Epiphora With Absent Lacrimal Puncta

Author Affiliations

From the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, and Cook County Hospital, Chicago.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1973;89(2):125-127. doi:10.1001/archopht.1973.01000040127016

A simple outpatient method of alleviating epiphora caused by absence of the lacrimal puncta is described. Its use in isolating 22 absent puncta in six patients is presented. The high percentage of patent canaliculi associated with absent puncta (77% in this series) supports the use of this technique as the initial treatment of epiphora with absent puncta.

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