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.

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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...

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...

What can I do for a chronic blocked tear duct besides surgery?

Tear sac massage. If you roll the tip of your finger over the inner corner of the eye, nose to cheek, this presses on the tear sac located just beneath the skin. Over time this can push enough water pressure through the tear duct to clear small amounts of debris that clog it. If a kid stays blocked past a year of age the probing under anesthesia can push the blockage out & eliminate the problem. Read more...