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Doctor insights on: Baby Blocked Tear Duct

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As baby blocked tear ducts had surgery now 50 have a partial block duct scared now it's tumor cancer no swelling or pain is tumor very rare?

As baby blocked tear ducts had surgery now 50 have a partial block duct scared now it's tumor cancer no swelling or pain is tumor very rare?

Not to worry: Partial blockage means that flow is still ongoing although at a reduced rate. Tumors in this area are rare and cause visible swelling and nodule formation. Your ophthalmologist can evaluate this and frequently the narrowing can be enlarged in an office procedure that takes a second or two. ...Read more

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How do you treat a blocked tear duct?

How do you treat a blocked tear duct?

See below: Dacryostenosis, clogged tear duct, is usually managed by gentle massages over tear duct. Most of clogged ducts open before 6 months of age. ...Read more

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What can be done for blocked tear duct?

Massage over NL duct: Gentle massage over nasolacrimal duct (tear duct), 3-4 times a day faithfully, will generally uncloggs tear duct. In case obstruction persists over 6 months, infants should be referred to ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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How do I clean out a blocked tear duct?

How do I clean out a blocked tear duct?

Depends: If in a child you can keep it clean and use massage against the nose to help it open. If in an adult, you need an ophthalmologist to determine whether the block is in the upper or lower system with different treatment for each. You cannot clean it out yourself but can massage to clear out accumulated debris until you get it medically fixed. ...Read more

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I have a chronically blocked tear duct?

I have a chronically blocked tear duct?

Often needs surgery: The tear duct is in the corner of the bottom eyelid near the nose and drains tears into the nose. It can be blocked at birth creating watering eyes with discharge, or occur later from other causes. Sometimes that needs surgery to open. ...Read more

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What does a blocked tear duct feel like?

What does a blocked tear duct feel like?

Tearing: Your eye will tear up and sometimes you get goopy discharge. Tears will run down the face. ...Read more

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What is the result of blocked tear duct?

Tears don't drain: If a tear duct does not drain, they well up along the edge of the eyelids & skin germs can get in & cause a chronic low grade crustiness or discharge. Sometimes recurrent inflammation of the eyelids will occur. ...Read more

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What can I do to fix a blocked tear duct?

Probe duct: A ophthalmologist can thread a wire down the duct & push out an obstruction. ...Read more

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What can be done for a blocked tear duct!?

Drops or surgery: In infants it will sometimes resolve spontaneously. In adults it may resolve with antibiotic drops but may require an office procedure like flushing the duct or may require a surgical procedure called a dacryocystorhinostomy (dcr). A true duct obstruction in an adult will not go away spontaneously and can lead to a serious infection of the soft tissues around the eye that can spread to the brain. ...Read more

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How do I clear a blocked tear duct myself?

How do I clear a blocked tear duct myself?

You don't: The tear drain system is very delicate and not something you can manipulate on your own. See an ophthalmologist to determine the cause of the blockage and learn about ways to treat it. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of blocked tear duct?

What are the symptoms of blocked tear duct?

See below: Usually discharge from the affected eye. And there is no redness to the white part of the eye. ...Read more

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How is a blocked tear duct in adults treated?

Surgery!: You can do nothing, or if you want to treat and eliminate the chronic tearing you will need surgery. There are many different techniques to treat. ...Read more

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What are ways to treat a 'blocked tear duct'?

Tearing: You need to be evaluated by an ophthalmologist especially one who deals with this all the time. It can be as simple as probing the equivalent of snaking out a blocked pipe like plumber or be as extensive to require exploratory surgery with possible bypass or reconstruction. This is a complex evaluation and can be a sign of other problems causing secondary signs. ...Read more

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Describe the features of a blocked tear duct.?

Tearing: A blocked tear duct is most commonly seen in children under the age of 12 months. It typically presents with a watery eye, occasionally with some mucus. Treatment involves massaging the region overlying the duct, mechanically or surgically opening the duct, or simply observing whether it will open on its own. In older individuals, it almost always requires surgery, if the symptoms are bothersome. ...Read more

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Has anyone heard of causes of a blocked tear duct?

Not well developed: Blocked tear duct is quite common in newborn babies, mostly because the duct is still quite small and well-formed yet. Usually after 6 montns or so as the duct enlarge and mature (more well-formed, it drains better and the blockage is resolved. Often, no treatment is needed. Some persistent cases may need a bit of probing to open it up. Hope this makes sense to you. Good luck. ...Read more

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Blocked tear duct procedure in adults, what to do?

Try massage: Try massaging the inner corner of the lower eyelid to try to open the duct. Probing the duct may be needed by an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are symptoms of a blocked tear duct?

LACRYMAL DUCT BLOCK: Commonly seen in newborns. Tear is produced by lacrymal glands situated at upper, outer part of the eyeball, flows over the eyeballs, then drains through a small opening at the nasal side of the lower eyelid to lacrymal sac, then through lacrymal (tear) duct to the nose. If the duct is blocked, tear accumulates in the sac, gets infected with swelling, redness and drainage of pus when pressed. ...Read more

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Is there a less invasive way to clear a blocked tear duct?

I would not: As the blockage is often a "stone" and self removal could lead to damage of the duct i'd seek the help of an ophthalmologist. ...Read more