Journal article

A brief history of punctoplasty: the 3-snip revisited.

RH Caesar, AA McNab

Eye (Lond) | Published : 2005


PURPOSE: To determine when and how to perform punctoplasty, review the history, and determine the efficacy of posterior ampullectomy. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of 53 cases of punctal stenosis, operated by a single surgeon by means of posterior ampullectomy via 3-snips. A review of the history of the procedure from papers found with a Medline search for 1-snip, 2-snip, 3-snip, and punctoplasty. RESULTS: In all, 102 sets of notes were reviewed. The age range was from 9 to 89 years with a mean age of 56 years. A total of 74% of patients were female. We excluded 22 patients who had additional surgery and 16 patients who elected not to have surgery. There was no comment as to success or fail..

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