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A 19-year-old female asked:

I have a blocked tear duct. cyst on my eye i have eye drops . was told by gp to bathe in hot water, now worse. what can i do to get rid quicker?

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Dr. Alan Jackson
Addiction Medicine 32 years experience
Eye exam: Warm compresses for 10 minutes 4 times a day will help the cyst if it is a sty or chalazion . If the tear duct is blocked this will not help, it needs to be examined by an ophthalmologist.
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Dr. Ward Dean
Dr. Ward Dean commented
Holistic Medicine 45 years experience
You may need to do the hot compresses much MORE than 10 minutes 4 times daily. Nevertheless, that is the treatment that will be recommended by most ophthalmologists. Just be VERY diligent about the hot compresses--sometimes for hours, instead of minutes. The idea is to melt whatever cheesy matter that is plugging up the tear duct.
Feb 25, 2013
Dr. Johan Zwaan
60 years experience
More info needed: A blocked tearduct does not cause a cyst on the eye. If you mean a cyst of an eyelid gland, a chalazion, warm compresses, "lid scrubs" with baby shampoo, omega 3 fatty acids by mouth, and antibiotic/steroid drops may help. If all else fails, surgery (excision and or drainage of the gland) is the way to go.
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