tear duct or dacryostenosis is a partial or complete obstruction in the tear
drainage system i.e. the pathway that carries tears from the surface of the eye
into the nose.
is a common condition affecting newborns. In infants, there may be a partial or
complete blockage of the tear duct system, which can be seen by continual overflow of tears from the eye
Gradually this condition changes on its own before the child is 1 year old.
Adults can get a blocked
tear duct due to infection,
inflammation, eye injury or a tumor
. It occurs
more often in older people with eye infections. Treatment with antibiotics is
needed in this case.
A blocked tear duct is almost always
correctable, but the treatment depends on the cause and age of the patient.
Treatment options vary from massage of
the lacrimal duct area
to minimally invasive procedures like saline water irrigation or probing
is performed in cases where
conservative treatment fails.