Blocked Tear Ducts

tear duct diagramWhat is a Blocked Tear Duct?

When the tear duct that runs from the nose to the eye is blocked or does not properly open, it becomes a blocked tear duct. A prolonged blockage can lead to the tear duct sacs being inflamed and sometimes even infected.

Who is Affected?

Blocked Tear Ducts are most common in infants. Often, the issue resolves itself within a year. In adults, however, the blockage can be a result of an infection, injury, or even a tumor.

What are the Symptoms?

Some symptoms include:

  • Excessive watering of the eyes
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Yellow mucus
  • Blurred vision

What are the Treatment Options?

Although most cases in infants resolve themselves within a year, there is still need for treatment. To avoid infection, it is important to keep the area clean and dry. In some cases, when infection sets in, antibiotics may need to be taken.

When Should I See a Doctor?

If you are an adult who continually has watery or irritated eyes, it is important to see the doctor to rule out tumors as the cause. If they are the cause, the sooner they are identified, the better.

If you have an infant with Blocked Tear Ducts, watch for signs of infection, including yellow mucus, redness, and swelling. When in doubt, you can always contact us at Palm Beach Eye Center.

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