What is the treatment for a child born without a tear duct in one eye?

If the lacrimal drainage system - the portion of the tear system responsible for draining tears from the eye - appears abnormal,  management depends upon the nature of the child’s particular abnormality. Some solutions are straightforward, such as probing procedures to open a narrowed or obstructed drainage system. Other solutions require more extensive surgery designed to create an alternative drainage pathway for tear passage.

It is therefore important to obtain an accurate diagnosis because this will ultimately lead to recommendation on a specific solution(s) for your child. You should consider having your child seen by either a pediatric opthalmologist or one who specializes in plastic surgery.

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