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Blocked Tear Duct Treatment

Treatment for nasolacrimal stenosis often includes tear duct massage and antibiotic eyedrops. Some patients require surgery to correct a blocked nasolacrimal duct.

Treatment for nasolacrimal stenosis may include:

  • Massage of the tear duct:
    • Gentle rubbing of the tear duct may help to keep the duct open.
  • Surgery for nasolacrimal stenosis:
    • In some cases, the tear duct may require repair, os that tears can flow through the duct again.

Blocked Tear Duct Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat nasolacrimal stenosis:

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Last Updated: Nov 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Blocked Tear Duct References
  1. Clark RA. Dilation probing as primary treatment for congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction. J AAPOS. 2002 Dec;6(6):364-7. [12506277]
  2. Kashkouli MB, Kempster RC, Galloway GD, Beigi B. Monocanalicular versus bicanalicular silicone intubation for nasolacrimal duct stenosis in adults. Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2005 Mar;21(2):142-7. [15778670]
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