Canaliculitis is a relatively uncommon infection of the proximal lacrimal system that is often mistaken for other clinical entities. As such, detection of the correct diagnosis is commonly delayed. While medical management of canaliculitis may initially clear the infection, recurrence rates are high, and surgical intervention remains the gold standard for definitive resolution of this disorder. Fortunately, both canalicular curettage and canaliculotomy carry very high success rates and can be performed with few complications and risks. This chapter discusses the diagnosis of canaliculitis and outlines both techniques to resolve it.
KeywordsCanaliculitis Canaliculus Lacrimal Canaliculotomy Curettage Lacrimal infection