Treatments for Blocked Tear Duct (Dacryostenosis) in Children

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The most common treatment for a blocked tear duct is gently "milking" or massaging the tear duct two to three times a day. Your child's physician will show you how to do this.

If there are symptoms of infection, antibiotics developed specifically for use in the eye may be used.

Fortunately, nearly all blocked tear ducts open on their own, usually by the time the child is 1 year old. If the duct still remains blocked, the duct opening can be enlarged with a small probe. The procedure may need to be repeated, but it's effective in most cases.

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