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Dr. Andrew Shatz
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Describe the features of a blocked tear duct.?

Dr. Andrew Shatz
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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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Blocked Tear Duct (Definition)

Blocked tear duct is a condition typically affecting newborns in which the pathway that tears use to travel from the surface of the eye into the nose is blocked, resulting in tears ...Read more


Dr. Michael Ham
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What are the symptoms of a blocked tear duct?

Dr. Michael Ham
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What are the symptoms of a blocked tear duct?

Tearing: Excessive tearing!

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Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
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How can you tell if you have a blocked tear duct?

Dr. Brian Wosnitzer
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How can you tell if you have a blocked tear duct?

Dacryoscinitgraphy..: Dacryoscintigraphy is a nuclear medicine imaging procedure which can help identify nasolacrimal duct obstruction. ...Read more

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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How do I clean out a blocked tear duct?

Dr. Richard Bensinger
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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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Dr. Matheson Harris
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How do I clear a blocked tear duct myself?

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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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Dr. Jay Park
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How do you treat a blocked tear duct?

Dr. Jay Park
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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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Dr. Dean Bonsall
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What does a blocked tear duct feel like?

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

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Dr. Bac Nguyen
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Has anyone heard of causes of a blocked tear duct?

Dr. Bac Nguyen
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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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Dr. Kerry Hunt
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What can be done for a blocked tear duct!?

Dr. Kerry Hunt
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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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Dr. James Ferguson
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What can I do to fix a blocked tear duct?

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

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