I figured out that I have a blocked tear duct. Is there anything I can do without a doctor to help it?
Blocked tear duct. A blocked tear duct is a very specific problem inthat you cannot figure out without an evaluation by an eyemd. If a tear duct is truly blocked then typically it can only be cured with surgery by an ophthalmic or ENT surgeon.
Warm compress. A warm compress will often help to soften up whatever is blocking your tear duct and allow it to open up. Try warm (but not hot) water on a small towel but make sure it's not too hot so you don't burn the sensitive skin around your eyes.
A common sign. Of this is excessive tearing, called "epiphora". You should not rub your eye, but the tear ducts drain into the nose, and the inner aspect of the eye near the nose can be massaged, and sometimes it clears...Do not wait too long without seeing an eye doctor to make the proper diagnosis and treatment.
My 3 1/2 mo old has a blocked tear duct. It's worse some days, better others. For those worse days, what signs mean he might need to see the doctor?
Wait. At 3 1/2 months there is still a chance that the blocked tear duct will resolve spontaneously. Try massaging near the inner corner of your child's eye. If, by 6 months, the tearing has not improved it is time to see a doc.
Dacrocystitis. Lacrimal duct stenosis is a benign condition and very common. Simply, the tear duct hole is not big enough to drain well yet. On occasion, this blockage goes beyond the usual tearing and scant discharge to develop into an inflamed, swollen and tender duct with redness overlying the area. This is dacrocystitis and requires a doctor's visit.
Blocked tear duct. You need to be performing the crigler massage and warm wash cloths to remove crusting and keep eye clean. If the eyelids swell, the eye gets very red, or it is causing pain, you need to see an eye doctor.