Children - Blocked Tear Duct

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Definition

  • Questions about a blocked tear duct previously diagnosed by a physician

Symptoms

  • A continuously watery eye (excessive tearing)

  • Tears fill the eye and occasionally run down the face, even without crying

  • The eye is not red and the eyelid is not swollen (unless the soggy tissues become infected)

  • Present at birth (10% of newborns)

  • Usually just on one side, but both sides are blocked in 30% of these children

Cause

  • Caused by blockage of the channel (lacrimal duct) that normally carries tears from the eye to the nose

  • Onset of excessive tearing can be delayed until 1 or 2 months old when tear production increases.

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