1. The Application of Infrared Imaging and Optical Coherence Tomography of the Lacrimal Punctum in Patients Undergoing Punctoplasty for Epiphora

    The Application of Infrared Imaging and Optical Coherence Tomography of the Lacrimal Punctum in Patients Undergoing Punctoplasty for Epiphora

    Purpose To determine the application of imaging the stenotic lacrimal punctum with infrared photographs and optical coherence tomography (OCT) and to identify characteristics of the lacrimal punctum in patients who benefit from punctoplasty. Design Case-control study. Participants Twenty patients with epiphora who were listed for punctoplasty and 20 healthy controls. Methods Prospectively, 20 patients listed for punctoplasty were asked to rate their epiphora, using the Munk score, before and after punctoplasty. They also underwent preoperative OCT and infrared imaging of the affected punctum. They were divided into 2 groups, depending on whether the epiphora improved, and were compared with 20 ...

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