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how do i know if i need tear duct reconstruction? i think i have a blocked tear duct. i often have tears in my eyes that run down my cheeks, and sometimes i get eye infections. am i a candidate for tear duct reconstruction surgery?

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Dr. Alma Murphy
Ophthalmology 46 years experience
You : You may have a blocked tear duct which will cause the eye to water. In the office, your ophthalmologist can perform a minor test, called a tear-duct irrigation, which is quick and painless. If the tear-duct irrigation shows a blockage of the tear-drainage duct, which is a tiny canal to the inside of your nose, then you may need surgery to correct your tearing. Tearing can be a symptom of other problems such as seasonal allergies, environmental irritants, and even dry-eye irritation. http://eyesaz.com/videos-english/60-dry-eye-how-do-tears-drain-from-the-eyes.html.
Dr. Jay Bradley
LASIK Surgery 18 years experience
Maybe: You need to have your tear drainage system evaluated to determine if and where your system is blocked. If it is blocked and it is bothering you, you can can consider surgical repair.

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Last updated Oct 3, 2016

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