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Blocked Tear ducts.

(5 Posts)
Newbarnsleygirl Mon 25-Apr-05 15:25:30

I've taken dd to the opthamologist this morning after 18 months of constant eye infections.

The Dr said it could possibly be a blocked tear duct which is what I was told when dd was first born (I was also told it should clear before she was 1!) He said the only sure way to know is if they operate to check and if it is to clear it but he didn't want to rush in to it as like all operations it carries risks.

So now we've to carry on with no doubt plenty more eye infections.
I agree with Dr as regards to the operating, I don't like the idea of that but what else can we do, it seems mad.

Has anyone elses children had blocked tear ducts and if so how long did it take for them to clear?

Newbarnsleygirl Mon 25-Apr-05 15:47:44


nailpolish Mon 25-Apr-05 15:57:06

my nephew has had probs since he was born - he is now almost 3

about 18mths ago he had the op - it was just a 'clear out and wash out' or something they called it.

he was in/out same morning

he has had to have it done again, about a year ago, but he hasnt had any bother since

lou33 Mon 25-Apr-05 16:47:24

dd1 had her tear ducts cleared twice, around the age of 2. Here eyes were always sore from infections, and gunked up. The first op only cleared one eye, iirc i was told about 75% work first time. She had the second one and has been fine since, and she is 13 now.

tiffini Tue 26-Apr-05 21:07:59

DT2 has blocked tear duct in both eyes (17 months)to her to the opthamologist last week, she diagnosed this by pouring bright yellow eye drops in to her eyes, if it does'nt pour out through the nose, it confirms a blocked tear duct. I was also told that the average age is now 2 that it usually clears up by itself. She also said to help prevent an operation, i should massage the inside corner of her eyes and down the sides of her nose each time i change her nappy.

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