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Stopped Up Tear Duct Symptoms
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
My husband has had 2 recent episodes of bleeding from the tear duct. Each time, the bleeding stopped with pressure. No s/s of infection . No trauma.
Different: Pink eye, or conjunctivitis symptoms are goopy, often yellowish discharge , often with the lids being stuck together in the morning. Blocked tear duct (lacrimal obstruction) symptoms include tears overflowing on the cheek (epiphora) usually without dischage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I rubbed my eye since it was itching a little. The itching stopped but now I notice my inner tear duct is a swollen towards the bottom where it itched?
What can I do for a blocked tear duct of the R eye? Antibiotics do not work anymore, multiple prescriptions have been tried. Symptoms onset years ago.
Irrigation and Probe: Dilation of your punctum, followed by irrigation of your tear duct can be done in the office and is frequently successful if the duct is only partially blocked and not scarred. In the case that you have only been on antibiotics, it is necessary. If this is unsuccessful, you need a probing of the lacrimal duct. Dacryocyctorhinostomy or Jones Tube are surgeries that work in the worse case scenario. ...Read more
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
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