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Archive | September, 2014

Understanding the Possible Causes of Excessive Tearing

Excessive tearing or frequent episodes of watery eyes may be a sign of an underlying condition or may be a condition in itself. As a board certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Daniel Tresley has helped men and women who have issues with excessive tearing through accurate diagnosis of the underlying problem. If you’ve been tearing more than the usual lately, here’s what you need to know!

A Quick Look on the Normal Lacrimal System

The body’s lacrimal (tearing) system is mainly composed of 3 parts: the glands responsible for producing the tears, the openings (drainage) in which the tears freely flow, and the ducts inside the nose that drain the tears. Excessive tearing, medically known as epiphora, may result if there is a problem with one or all of the three basic parts. In some cases, irritation from outside elements may also lead to overproduction of tears such as in the case of allergies.

Problems with the Tear Glands

There are several circumstances wherein problems may arise in the tear glands which could result to excessive tearing and of the most common reason has to do with the meibomian glands (one of the lacrimal glands responsible for producing the oil in tears which prevents it from evaporating quickly).

Issues with the meibomian glands may either lead to overflow of tears or ironically, dry eye syndrome. In dry eye syndrome, lack of oil produced by the meibomian glands will only make the eyes drier as one blinks.

Problems with Drainage

The openings in which the tears freely flow are called punctum. Each four openings or puncta are akin to valves which take tears out of the eye. They can be found out within the edges of the eyelids just near the nose. If one or all of the puncta are blocked, tears are most likely to overflow. Dirt particles and infection are the most common causes of blocked puncta.

Problems with Drainage Ducts

Tears from the punctum will drain down to the nasolacrimal duct which goes through underneath the skin and the nasal bones. This explains why your nose becomes stuffed when you cry. Blockage in the nasolacrimal duct may lead to excessive tearing. Swelling and pain in the area between the eye and the nose may also be present.

Your Personalized Treatment Plan

Treatment for excessive tearing will be dependent on any of the aforementioned underlying cause. A thorough assessment by Dr. Tresley will be done before a personalized treatment plan will be formulated. Treatment may also range from antibiotics  to warm compresses to surgery.

Call us at 847.291.6900 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment today. We look forward to helping improve your vision and lead a better life!


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7 Surefire Ways to Prevent the Appearance of Leg Veins

It is currently estimated that nearly half of the American population will experience the appearance of abnormal leg veins at one point in their lives — majority of which are 50 years old and above.

Here at our Chicago laser cosmetic practice, men and women seek our services because they want to improve the appearance of cosmetically unappealing leg veins. However, it should be noted that enlarged leg veins should be taken seriously not only because of their aesthetically unpleasant quality but also because of the possibility of them leading to serious health issues such as bleeding, skin ulcers/sores, thrombophlebitis, and deep vein thrombosis.

Genetics may play a role in the development of varicose veins. However, there are other factors influencing its occurrence that you can control.  We list down the steps to preventing their appearance below!

  1. Lose the extra kilos if you’re overweight. Being overweight or obese will place unnecessary pressure to your leg veins.
  2. Move a lot. You do not have to do complex exercise routines. A brisk walk, a short run, cycling, or a few laps in the pool will surely do the trick. Any activity that will help improve leg circulation will do.
  3. Avoid prolonged periods of standing and sitting. If you have to, take frequent breaks.
  4. Elevate your legs as much as possible when sitting or sleeping. In addition, avoid crossing your legs for prolonged periods.
  5. Avoid wearing high heels for long periods of time, too. Alternate them with low heeled shoes as they can improve leg circulation and help tone the calf muscles.
  6. Avoid long-term use of birth control pills and similar medications/treatments. Hormone-based drugs, particularly estrogen, can most likely have a negative impact on the leg vein valves which in turn increases the appearance of enlarged, bulging or twisted-like veins.
  7. Wear compression stockings that can put pressure to the veins which can reduce swelling. If you’re seeing early signs of varicose or spider veins, you might want to go for prescription compression stockings.

Laser Vein Treatment in Chicago and neighboring areas

One of the most effective treatments for leg veins are laser skin treatments. Laser treatments are beam pulses of energy under the skin’s surface. The energy is focused and works on a wavelength that is calibrated to destroy the offending veins without harming the skin’s surface. Typically, multiple sessions are recommended to achieve the most desirable results for the removal of leg veins.

We’d love to hear from you! Call us at 847.291.6900 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment today.

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