Too Much Tearing Up? It Could be Blocked Tear Ducts
- Posted on: Apr 15 2017
Tears are created naturally to keep your eyeball lubricated. And these tears normally drain from the eye using small tubes that stretch from the eye into the nose called tear ducts. When a tear duct is blocked or fails to open, tears can’t properly drain from your eye. Instead, they spill over your eyelids. The tear duct may fill with fluid and become inflamed and swollen, even infected. Blocked tear ducts may run in families.
Causes of a blocked tear duct in children include:
- Inability for the thin tissue at the end of a tear duct to open properly
- Undeveloped or closed openings in the corner of your eye where tears drain into the duct
- Unusual growth of the nasal bone, putting pressure on a tear duct and closing it off
For adults, a blocked tear duct may be caused by injury to the tissues and bones around your eyes. It may also be a side effect of a disorder connected to aging.
You may have a blocked tear duct if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Excessive tearing to the point of having tears run down your cheek
- White or yellow discharge in the corner of your eye that may make your eyelids stick together
- Swelling and redness around your eyes and nose, which may indicate an infection in the drainage system of your eye, sometimes couples with mucus or pus in the eye in severe cases
Treating a blocked tear duct depends on what’s causing the blockage in the first place. If it’s blocked due to a chronic infection, it may be necessary to take antibiotics. If the problem is structural or has to do with an abnormal growth, surgery may be necessary.
To learn more about diagnosing and treating blocked tear ducts, contact Consultants in Ophthalmic & Facial Plastic Surgery online or call us at 248.357.5100 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!
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