What are the symptoms of pink eye? Are they similar to symptoms of a blocked tear duct?

Different. Pink eye, or conjunctivitis symptoms are goopy, often yellowish discharge , often with the lids being stuck together in the morning. Blocked tear duct (lacrimal obstruction) symptoms include tears overflowing on the cheek (epiphora) usually without dischage.
Different! A blocked tear duct (without infection of the duct) causes chronic tearing and tears running down the face! pink eye is generally with runny eyes, redness, discharge, and most often some pain!

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Can you tell me how I could tell if my 2 year old has a blocked tear duct or pink eye?

Redness with both. Pink eye is a viral conjunctivitis which causes a generalized reddening of the eye. It usually starts in one eye and spreads to both. With a blocked tear duct there is yellowish matter in the nasal corner of the eye which may run down the cheek. Gently pushing on the inner corner of the lower eyelid would express more of the matter. Read more...

My top tear duct is swollen and slightly painful to touch. There's no discharge and my eye isn't watery. Could this just be a blocked tear duct?

Chalazion. These are very common. Use warm compresses to your eye 4 times a day for 15 minutes each. After a few weeks, it should completely resolve. One thing to watch out for is infection, which may cause draining of pus, or fevers and chills. If it gets this bad, you need to seek medical attention. Hang in there!! Read more...

What should I expect during my recovery from tear duct reconstruction surgery? I am about to have surgery to fix a blocked tear duct in my right eye. How long is the recovery from this surgery? Will I take any medications after tear duct reconstruction, w

Each . Each surgeon has his own way of doing the surgery so this is a question best directed to your surgeon. As a rule though, the eye may continue to water or it may be better right away. You may have a stent placed but this should not be too bothersome. Some docs will put you on antibiotics but some do not. This may be in the form of drops or ointment or even oral antibiotics. Hope that helps. Read more...
Ask your doc. These are great questions to ask your surgeon before you agree to surgery! Read more...

Inner corner of my right eye is sore and if I pull it a little, the inner corner is reddish and there is a yellowish bump. Not a blocked tear duct.?

May be a pinguecula. This is a benign growth on the white of your eye. It can sometimes become red and irritated from wind and sun. See your ophthalmologist for options and eye drops to try. Read more...
Normal tissue. In the nasal corner of each eye is a fold of tissue called the caruncle. It often appears yellow due to underlying fat. This tissue is normal. The tear ducts are in the eyelids, and if they are blocked, the swelling is in the skin between the eyelids and the nose. Read more...

My 6 week old daughter's eye has been red around the outside and watering. Now there is a green discharge? Is it infected, just a blocked tear duct?

Hard to tell. Probably this is just the tear duct. If she is not distressed with it and has no fever, warm (not hot!) compresses will work and are safe to try. If there is any distress, a fever, swelling, or anything other than a very benign appearance, or if it fails to improve, her pediatrician should see it to decide if anything further is needed. Read more...
Possible infection. She may have a blocked tear duct, but may now have an infection in her conjunctiva. She needs to be seen by her doctor to determine what needs to be done. Read more...

I think my 2 month old has a blocked tear duct. Her right eye only has a red eyelid and is tearing up a lot with some discharge. Eye itself not red?

Tear duct massage. Consult your doctor or eye doctor to show you how to massage the tear duct so that it might open on its own. Surgery will be needed if not opened by a year. Read more...

How do I know if I need tear duct reconstruction? I think I have a blocked tear duct. I often have tears in my eyes that run down my cheeks, and sometimes I get eye infections. Am I a candidate for tear duct reconstruction surgery?

You . You may have a blocked tear duct which will cause the eye to water. In the office, your ophthalmologist can perform a minor test, called a tear-duct irrigation, which is quick and painless. If the tear-duct irrigation shows a blockage of the tear-drainage duct, which is a tiny canal to the inside of your nose, then you may need surgery to correct your tearing. Tearing can be a symptom of other problems such as seasonal allergies, environmental irritants, and even dry-eye irritation. http://eyesaz.com/videos-english/60-dry-eye-how-do-tears-drain-from-the-eyes.html. Read more...
Maybe. You need to have your tear drainage system evaluated to determine if and where your system is blocked. If it is blocked and it is bothering you, you can can consider surgical repair. Read more...