Nasal Lacrimal Duct Obstruction

A nasal lacrimal duct obstruction, also known as “blocked tear duct”, is a very common problem. Typical symptoms are tearing and discharge in an eye shortly after birth. Sometimes there can be redness or swelling of the eyelids from chronic tearing and discharge. The vision is not affected by this condition. Treatment involves massage to try to open the tear duct to allow the tears to drain normally. Sometimes drops are given when the mucus discharge is especially thick. Most of the time, blocked tear ducts do clear up by six-months-of-age. If the problem persists beyond six-months-of-age, consideration can be given to probing, either in the office or under anesthesia. Probing involves a quick procedure to bluntly open up the tear drainage system.

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