lacrimal duct obstruction Surgery

Each eye has a tear-producing gland, which are konwn as ” Lacrimal Gland” .

Congenital lacrimal duct obstruction is common in children. Usually infants with blocked lacrimal ducts have symptoms in the first 2 to 6 weeks after birth; the most common of them is excessive tearing.

Conservative treatment

Conservative treatment involves monitoring, lacrimal sac massage, and the use of topical antibiotics.


Probing is a surgical procedure that takes about 10 minutes, and involves passing a thin, metallic probe through the blocked lacrimal duct to resolve the obstruction. Some doctors believe that the age of six months is the best age for probing, because in this age the surgical procedure can be performed without general anesthesia, but some also believe that probing should be delayed until one year of age, so that the maximum chance of spontaneous resolving of lacrimal duct obstruction could be given to the child.

Lacrimal duct obstruction in adults

Adults with the obstruction of lacrimal duct experience constant tearing and discharge from the affected eye. The exact cause of this disease is not known, and various causes have been proposed.


In this surgical technique, a direct passage is opened for draining tear from lacrimal sac into nasal cavity, and the obstructed section of the nasolacrimal duct is diverted to the nose. It is worth noting that the acquired obstruction of nasolacrimal duct is a fairly common problem.





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