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How is the tear duct probed?

A thin, metal probe is gently inserted through the tear drainage system to open the obstruction. The drainage system is then flushed with fluid to make sure the pathway is open. The procedure is performed in an outpatient setting under local or general anesthesia. It causes little or no pain, but tears may be stained briefly with blood or a nosebleed may occur. An antibiotic eyedrop may be prescribed. 

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