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When should my child have surgery for blocked tear ducts?

The timing of surgical treatment for nasolacrimal duct obstruction is variable. Some surgeons elect to do the procedure between 6 and 12 months of age, whereas many others will wait until one year of age. Earlier surgery has the advantage of fewer months of symptoms, whereas waiting for delayed surgery has the substantial chance that the condition will spontaneously resolve and no surgery is actually needed. You should discuss the two options with your ophthalmologist. There is no significant difference between the outcomes from these two approaches for at least the first 2 years of life.

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