The Narrow-Lumen Jones Tube: A Novel Approach to Dry Eye Following Conjunctivodacryocystorhinostomy

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Abstract

Conjunctivodacryocystorhinostomy with placement of a Jones tube (JT) is the gold standard for upper lacrimal system dysfunction. However, traditional JT have been associated with various complications. In their practice, the authors have encountered challenges with postoperative dry eye in a select group of patients, with recurrence of epiphora following tube occlusion, suggesting a need for decreasing the rate of tear drainage while maintaining a patent JT. To address this issue, the senior author (J.D.N.) introduced a modified JT with a narrow lumen (reduced-flow JT) for patients who experience significant dry eye symptoms after placement of a JT. The authors describe 3 patients who experienced improvement in dry eye symptoms after the placement of reduced-flow JT.

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