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Whats the difference between a blocked tear duct and a stye in the lid?

Whats the difference between a blocked tear duct and a stye in the lid?

Location mainly: 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.A stye is a blocked, and usually infected gland in he eyelid at the base f an eyelash. Can often be treated with compresses and antibiotic drops. ...Read more

Dr. Andrea Kossler
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Hordeolum (Definition)

This is an inflammation of a gland in the lid, analogous to a pimple, in which stagnated secretion becomes infected and sets up a focal inflammation. It is a fancy term for what most ...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?

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 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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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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Any home remedy for blocked tear duct?

Any home remedy for blocked tear duct?

A few things to try: First, a blocked tear system usually leads to tearing with no other significant symptoms. If there is pain or redness at the inside corner of the eye, or discharge, there could be infection, and this should be treated promptly. A blocked tear duct otherwise might respond to using warm compresses to the inside corner of the eye, taking oral decongestants, and using decongestant eye drops (otc). ...Read more

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Whats the treatment for a 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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Which treatments for blocked tear duct are most effective?

Which treatments for blocked tear duct are most effective?

Massage & Patience: Your pediatrician will show how to massage the nasolacrimal duct. The area to massage is on the side of the "nasal bridge." you can massage the are 3 times per day for 30 seconds each time. It is not very clear how effective massaging is but 90% of these blocked tear ducts resolve by 6 month of age, sometimes even without massaging! ...Read more

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Please tell me some ways to get rid of a blocked tear duct?

Please tell me some ways to get rid of a blocked tear duct?

BLOCKED TEAR DUCT: Usually seen in the newborn. (you didn't mention age).
Gentle massage of the nasal side of the lower eyelid with little finger in rolling motion for 30 seconds, 4-6 times daily to empty the lacrymal sac. Then clean the mucous with a gauge. If no good result, check with the doctor. ...Read more

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How long does morning crusting associated with blocked tear duct last?

If it's still there: ...After 6-9 months, tell your doctor, it might be time for a more aggressive treatment. ...Read more

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How long does increased tearing associated with blocked tear duct last?

How long does increased tearing associated with blocked tear duct last?

As long as block is+: As long as the bloch is there , there is increased tearing otherwise called crocodile tears or ephiphora in medical term as there is tearing without emotional element causing it. Surgery consultation and options suggested by the eye surgeon are the solutions. ...Read more

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Can a blocked tear duct also hurt,Ive looked and I'm not seeing anything that looks like a pimple?

Tear duct: Should be tearing unilaterally. Area medial to eye can be tender and swollen. Apply warm compresses. See ophthalmology if sx persist. ...Read more

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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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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 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 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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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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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

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What is the definition or description of: Blocked tear duct?

Epiphora: blocked tear duct causes tthe tears to drain over the lid margin. Evaluation by an ophthalmologist can determine the cause and plan for treatmeent. ...Read more

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How do doctors clear a blocked tear duct?

Massage or: Canulation. I have seen this in patients treated with various cancers and paclitxel. I refer to an oculoplastic surgeon. I've massaged the duct firmly, and some say that it helps. ...Read more

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Any body know remedy for blocked tear duct?

Any body know remedy for blocked tear duct?

Depends on situation: This is common in newborns & given some time and growth the blockage can clear on its own as the duct becomes larger.If still blocked at 6m & unresponsive to simple measures, an ophthalmologist may need to probe the duct & clear the blockage. One simple measure involves rolling the tip of the finger over the inner corner of the eye over the tear sac which may push any blockage down the duct. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sty (Hordeolum) (Definition)

A red, painful lump near the edge of the eyelid that may look like a boil or pimple. ...Read more