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Tear Duct Blockage Evaluation
- Increased tearing
- Mucus discharge from the eyes
- Crusting of the eyelids
- Colored or sticky eye discharge
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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PubMed Tear Duct Blockage References
- Clark RA. Dilation probing as primary treatment for congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction. J AAPOS. 2002 Dec;6(6):364-7. 
- 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. 
- Lueder GT. Balloon catheter dilation for treatment of older children with nasolacrimal duct obstruction. Arch Ophthalmol. 2002 Dec;120(12):1685-8.