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Dacryostenosis

Last updated April 22, 2018

Approved by: Krish Tangella MD, MBA, FCAP

Blocked Tear Duct is a condition in which there is either a partial or complete obstruction in the tear drainage system.


The topic Dacryostenosis you are seeking is a synonym, or alternative name, or is closely related to the medical condition Blocked Tear Duct.

Quick Summary:

  • Blocked Tear Duct is a condition in which there is either a partial or complete obstruction in the tear drainage system
  • The pathway, through which tears from the eyes travel to the nose, is blocked completely or partially, causing problems in draining the tears. The tears from the eyes cannot drain through the normal pathway and this leads to watery and irritated eye
  • Blocked Tear Duct is common in newborn children, though adults may also be affected. Some contributing factors for the condition include inflammation of the eye, previous history of eye surgery, or glaucoma treatment using topical applications
  • The common signs and symptoms of Blocked Tear Duct include excess production of tears and watery eyes. The condition is diagnosed thorough a physical exam and fluorescein dye disappearance test
  • Generally, in newborns, the condition improves on its own; but in adults, the treatment of Blocked Tear Duct depends upon the cause of the condition
  • It is typically not possible to prevent Blocked Tear Ducts, but the associated prognosis is very good with proper treatment

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First uploaded: April 22, 2018
Last updated: April 22, 2018