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Tear Ducts And Sinuses
Sinuses are air filled spaces in the head that have several proposed functions: 1. They serve as shock absorbers in cases of head trauma 2. Lighten the skull 3. Humidify and filter the air while also producing mucus 4. Play a role in vocal resonance. The head contains 4 paired sinus cavities: maxillaries (cheek) under the eyes, ethmoids (between the eyes), frontals (above ...Read more
Very: In most children with dacryostenosis, or a clogged tear duct, no treatment or surgery is necessary. Most cases will resolve on their own. Warm compresses daily, duct massage, and treatment of superinfection is often all that is needed. However, in the small percentage of babies who require surgery or stenting, the prognosis is excellent, and treatment is effective. ...Read more
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My tear ducts are swollen red and are painful when I blink, this is the second time this month, what is this?
See ophthalmologist: And have it checked. Also if using any eye make up stop using and see if this makes a difference. ...Read more
Watery eyes. . .: Check out http://www. Mayoclinic. Org/diseases-conditions/blocked-tear-duct/basics/definition/con-20033765 & http://www. Webmd. Com/eye-health/tc/blocked-tear-ducts-topic-overview. Sometimes tear ducts can become inflamed leading to discomfort & swelling. But since tears drain into duct, blocked/clogged ducts lead to watery eyes. ...Read more
No: Blocking the tear drainage ducts is one way to make the eyes wetter and make the contacts more comfortable. ...Read more
None: You should feel fine right after the stent is placed. Especially if there is no dilation. ...Read more
Today I got out if the shower and I looked in the mirror and I saw that my tear ducts were really red. Do I have an infection? Should I just put drops
Not yet: Perhaps the force of the water drops irritated your eyes. ...Read more
Open ducts: You will need an evaluation by your ophthalmologist or an oculoplastic specialist who can determine the site and source of the blockage. Sometimes an in-office simple dilation is all that is needed. It may require treatment of a blocking infection. Sometimes surgery is needed to establish a new opening to drain the tears into the nose. ...Read more
?: ? Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction? Absence of tear ducts can be one of a constellation of findings in some congenital syndromes. ...Read more
My eyes dry out too quickly. Been told its due to blocked tear ducts/glands. What can I do to unblock them?
Dry eyes: Are due to a deficiency or an imbalance of the three components of your tear film. Ocular surface inflammation can also contribute to the symptoms, but this is not related to blocked tear ducts. Dry eyes are often not curable but can be managed well with various types of drops. You should see your ophthalmologist to discuss these treatment options. ...Read more
Blocked tear duct: Blocked tear ducts can persis for many months. I normally recommend controlling the mild secondary infection with intermittant antibiotic eye drops until 4-6 months of age. I refer the small # who persist beyond that time to a pediatric ophthalmologist for probing of the ducts. ...Read more
I was just had a quick question, my eyes itch all the time right by my tear ducts. What can this be? I'm not sure if I have allergies.
I have all 4 of my tear ducts plugged and have been on restasis for 3 months. My last schrimer scores are 10 and 8. Why are my eyes still dry?
Need more evaluation: Anterior surface disorders are complex. It sounds like you need a more expert opinion about what's going on. Make an appointment with a corneal and external disease ophthalmologist. ...Read more
3 mth old was born, he had a problem with his tear ducts & put drops in his eye. It got better. His eye just started tear and gook again. Pls advice?
Doctor can check: Babies who have increased tears in the eyes may actually have some blockage in the tear ducts (drainage ducts near the bridge of the nose), so the babies' tears & mucus just stay visible. A pediatric eye doctor can examine the eye to be sure there isn't a problem within the eyeball itself, and plan treatment. There should be no effect on vision, if the teariness is just due to blocked ducts. ...Read more
My 2 month old has clogged tear ducts in both eyes. What can I do to help her? Her eyes are always very crusted after she cries.
Clogged tear ducts: Lacrimal duct massage is a technique that your provider can walk you through. This is common for babies and requires frequent consistent firm pressure from the tear duct along side the nose towards the nasal opening. This may require massage several times a day for several months. Warm compresses can assist in your efforts in addition to the massage. Good luck! ...Read more
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
8yro boy has never cried tears. Eyes are well lubricated and watery at times but has never cried tears even when a baby. No clogged tear ducts either?
I don't see a proble: I am not sure if that's a problem if everything else is normal. As long as his eyesight is ok and his eye structures are functioning well, he may be fine. ...Read more
Had 2 tear ducts cauterized and didn't help so had all 4 done. Now eyes r tearing nonstop. Will tearing stop with time? Tried Claritin (loratadine) but no luck.
Too much done: Four duct cautery is often helpful for very dry eye, but can be too much for those who still have some tear production. Consider returning to doctor to try to reopen one on each side. ...Read more
Tearing: Tearing of the eyes is a symptom. It has many possible causes. One possible cause is blockage of the drainage system in the eye. This will typically cause constant tearing on one side. See your eye doctor for confirmation and treatment. ...Read more
On my waterline inside my eye I know we have tear ducts are they white? I have one that's swollen n my other eye it's fine it's tiny
Eye exam: The tear ducts are located on the inside corner of the eyelids (closer to the nose where the eyelashes stop) on the upper and lower lids. The tear ducts are normally not swollen or white. You may have a tear duct infection (canaliculitus). You also have oil glands along the lid margin. These may get clogged and can result in a white swollen appearance or a stye. See your eye doctor for evaluation. ...Read more
Hello. I have intermittently burning tear ducts and have ruled our allergies, rosacea, sweat, sebum, etc. Do you have any other ideas?
Where?: Does the burning occur at the opening of the tear ducts ...Read more
Redness at the corner of the outside of my eyes not at tear ducts. My allergist noticed it yesterday but I blew it off. Now wondering what cause is?
@ 1yr oldsurgery 2open tear ducts I now can hold my nose &blow air comes out eye 1 eye wateron/off & air cant go thru that side eye look nrml scared?
Blocked tear duct: Unless your eye is watery all the time nothing to worry about ...Read more
I have these little white hard things around my eye lids. Not been an issue till recent now seem to block tear ducts. Is there meds to take or surgery?
Sounds like milia: Milia are these little white pearls that are cysts under the skin. They are not a problem but can be removed by your dermatologist. However, if you are having problems with tearing I would get in to see your ophthalmologist. You many need to place tubes in ducts ...Read more
What are the disadvantages or risks of plugging the tear ducts for dry eye condition that can't be relieved by eye drops?
Risks: Plugs are relatively safe. However, there is a chance you could feel the plug or that you end up with too much tears. A buried plug may require an even more invasive procedure if that plug ever needed to be removed. Lastly, there is a theory that dry eyes is due to inflammation on the eye surface, and that plugs could hasten the progression of dry eyes by trapping the inflammatory cells. ...Read more
Bloodshot eyes with a light tint of yellow. I have a history of blocked tear ducts with 2 surgeries. Could this be reoccuring?
Possibly: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more
One of my tear ducts is swollen and white sometimes it hurts if I touch it. Looks like a little bubble. My other eye it's fine, white and small.
Eye exam: This is either a blocked year duct which would result in tearing and/or discharge with possible redness and swelling over the tear duct opening. Or this is a clogged oil gland that would result in an eyelid bump with redness and swelling lateral to the year duct. You should see your eye doctor to evaluate. Warm compresses may help until your appointment. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: There are different parts of the eye that many people call "tear ducts" but may not be the actual tear duct. The tear duct, which drains your tears, can get blocked for reasons that are generally not helped by eye drops. A clogged tear duct usually has to be probed or even have surgery to unclog it. If you are referring to the pores that line the lids that can get clogged, abx can help. ...Read more
I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed 2 days ago and when I woke up this morning my tear ducts were swollen red and puffy is this normal?
I have been diagnosed with blocked tear ducts in both eyes. I have white stuff coming out of my eyes. Shouldn't the doctor give me an antibiotic?
Can I use Tobradex for a 3 week old? His eye is a pink pink and has had puss but also blocked tear ducts since birth
Blocked tear ducts: And conjunctivitis / infection are two very different things, treated different ways. Gentle repetitive massage of the tear duct from the nose up toward the opening of the duct in the corner of the eye is often effective treatment for a blocked duct. In a three week old however, no medications should be given without the instruction of the physician. An eye infection in this age needs workup ...Read more
I have pain on my lacrimal glands and tear ducts but no signs of swelling and no excessive tearing. I also have a horrible pain in my eye crease.?
See a Doctor: It is a little hard to know exactly where you pain is from the description. However, significant (horrible) eye pain should be evaluated by a Physician as soon as possible. ...Read more
Eyes dry despite artificial tears. Constant floaters Vision unclear. Considering plugging tear ducts n vitreolysis. Any side effects or risks?
Tear duct plugs good:
You should be using the tear drops 6 times a day and nght time gel (Refresh PM or Genteal gel) will be helpful. If that fails have the punctal plugs put in. Another option would be Restasis but it is expensive.
Floaters usually clear with time and vitreous surgery is not indicated. An exam by an ophthalmologist is needed with the floaters to make sure there is no tear in the retina. ...Read more