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What is a blocked tear duct?
As many as 6 percent of newborns have a blocked tear duct in the eye. This condition is called dacryostenosis or congenital lacrimal duct obstruction, meaning it’s present at birth.
In some babies, the openings into the tear duct haven’t formed properly. This causes a blockage, and the tears have no place to drain. A blocked tear duct can occur in one or both eyes.
What are the symptoms of a blocked tear duct?
Each child may experience symptoms differently, but the most common symptoms of a blocked tear duct include:
Because infants don’t produce tears until they are several weeks old, a blocked tear duct may not be noticeable at birth. A blocked tear duct may also be noticeable only when a baby cries, or in cold or windy weather when tears are stimulated.
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