Mini Monoka stent appears to effectively repair canalicular
This retrospective study reports the outcomes of canalicular laceration repair with the Mini Monoka stent (FCI Ophthalmics) in children younger than 10 years. Researchers assessed 18 patients with a mean age of 5.4 years who suffered a canalicular tear that was repaired with the Mini Monoka stent and was followed for 6 months or longer. Patients were divided into early-repair (within 48 hours of injury) and delayed-repair (2 to 15 days after injury) groups. The authors measured the anatomic and functional success of the canalicular repair. Anatomic success was defined as a negative fluorescein dye disappearance test and normal tear meniscus height. Functional success was defined by epiphora with a Munk score of 0 or 1.

Approximately 89% of patients achieved anatomic success and 94% achieved functional success. There were no statistically significant differences in anatomic or functional success between the 7 patients who had an early repair and 11 patients who had delayed repair. This small-cohort study of children shows that canalicular repair with the Mini Monoka stent is highly successful at 6 months.