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Doctor insights on: Unblocking Tear Ducts

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My eyes dry out too quickly. Been told its due to blocked tear ducts/glands. What can I do to unblock them?

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

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I have whitish eye discharge build up around both tear ducts & have to clear it out 2-3x/day. What could cause this? I have no pain, fever or redness.

I have whitish eye discharge build up around both tear ducts & have to clear it out 2-3x/day. What could cause this? I have no pain, fever or redness.

Eye Doctor: This is one area most family docs are not up on unless he or she takes interest specifically in eye disorders. This problem you have is definitely an unusual problem. An ophthalmologist should be consulted because your eyes are a precious gift that once lost may never be restorable. I always consulted a specialist for any unusual eye problems I encountered in my practice. Read more

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How do I alleviate the unpleasant sensation from blocked tear ducts?

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

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Please help! What is the medical term for someone who has no tear ducts?

Please help! What is the medical term for someone who has no tear ducts?

?: ? Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction? Absence of tear ducts can be one of a constellation of findings in some congenital syndromes. Read more

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Why are my tear ducts so itchy?

Allergy, etc: This is not common. If you mean your puncta are itchy (the opening in each eyelid to drain tears), this could be allergy, inflammation or infection. Please seek out an eye doctor soon for treatment. Feel better... Read more

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Can cauterized tear ducts be reversed?

With difficulty: Cauterized ducts have the inside burnt so they scar shut to help you with dry eyes. If you are now having tear overflow, then consideration of surgical opening is a possibility. Check with an oculoplastic surgeon about stent insertion to allow a new passageway to form. Read more

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How do I know if I have blocked/clogged tear ducts?

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

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Can having blocked tear ducts make contacts more uncomfortable?

No: Blocking the tear drainage ducts is one way to make the eyes wetter and make the contacts more comfortable. Read more

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Are there any good treatments for blocked tear ducts?

Are there any good treatments for blocked tear ducts?

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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Hi doctors, can you tell me what is it called when you have no tear ducts?

No such.: But there are many common disorders in which the tears are lacking. Sjorgren's is probably what you mean (autoimmune disease with very low tear duct activity. Dry eye syndrome). also can be a medication effect or aging. 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?

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

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What's the recovery time from stent insertion in the tear ducts?

What's the recovery time from stent insertion in the tear ducts?

None: You should feel fine right after the stent is placed. Especially if there is no dilation. Read more

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How long do gunky eyes/clogged tear ducts last on an infant? Mine is 7 weeks.

How long do gunky eyes/clogged tear ducts last on an infant? Mine is 7 weeks.

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

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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

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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?

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

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How come my eyes burn and are more red by my tear ducts?

How come my eyes burn and are more red by my tear ducts?

Dry eyes: Sounds like dry eyes and the area that is red is due to excessive tear pooling due to reflex tearing. Treat dry eyes. Warm compresses, artificial tears, possibly oral omega 3's and see an eye doctor. Read more