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Blocked Tear Duct Evaluation

The evaluation of nasolacrimal stenosis begins with a history and physical examination. A complete eye exam may be required.

Physical findings in someone with nasolacrimal stenosis may include:

Testing may be used to confirm this diagnosis. A colored material known as fluorescein is used to stain the tears. The fluorescein stain normally drains into the nose. If the fluorescein stain does not drain into the nose, then the nasolacrimal duct may be blocked or narrowed.

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Blocked Tear Duct References
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