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Adult blocked tear duct. Is surgery required?

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Dr. Timothy Perozek
Ophthalmology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

If the blocked tear duct results in tearing down your cheek, you may need surgery.
If the blocked tear duct results in infections, you may need surgery. See eye doctor forst and will probably recommend an antibiotic drop and warm compresses to see if it opens. Then might try to squirt water into the duct in the office to see if actually blocked.

In brief: Possibly

If the blocked tear duct results in tearing down your cheek, you may need surgery.
If the blocked tear duct results in infections, you may need surgery. See eye doctor forst and will probably recommend an antibiotic drop and warm compresses to see if it opens. Then might try to squirt water into the duct in the office to see if actually blocked.
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Dr. Michael Amster
Pediatrics
3 doctors agree

In brief: If bothering you

The real question is whether it bothers you or not.
We all may have little malfunctions, but if they aren't causing discomfort or annoyance, they can be ignored. If the tear duct is causing skin erosion, blurred vision or continuous annoyance, then correction would be possible. More often it's a small membrane across the opening, but an ophthalmologist can discuss the procedure in more detail.

In brief: If bothering you

The real question is whether it bothers you or not.
We all may have little malfunctions, but if they aren't causing discomfort or annoyance, they can be ignored. If the tear duct is causing skin erosion, blurred vision or continuous annoyance, then correction would be possible. More often it's a small membrane across the opening, but an ophthalmologist can discuss the procedure in more detail.
Dr. Michael Amster
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