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How is a blocked tear duct treated?

The ophthalmological community approaches this problem in a number of ways. In some cases, particularly with frequent infections, parents do have a probing (a surgical procedure) done at six to 12 months. Others decide to wait because there is about a 75% chance of spontaneous resolution of the condition if they wait an additional six months. If it does not clear then, a probing can be successfully performed.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
In the first months of life, tear ducts can get blocked with normal secretions. You can massage the duct by pressing your clean index finger next to the inside corner of the affected eye and, rubbing from the nose side outward, get the goop out of the duct and help to unblock it. If the tear duct becomes infected, the area will get puffy and swollen (and ooze green goo). An antibiotic can treat the infection. If daily massaging does not open the tear duct, surgery may be called for.
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