A blocked tear duct prevents tears from draining properly, leading to irritation, watering eyes, and a compromised ability to focus. This condition affects patients of all ages, but is most common in newborns. If you or your child are suffering from the uncomfortable symptoms associated with blocked tear ducts, the dedicated team of doctors at Rockland Eye Physicians & Surgeons can relieve your discomfort through tear duct surgery by oculoplastic surgeon James Kirszrot. We have offices in West Nyack and Garnerville, NY, to serve you.
Is Surgery Necessary for Your Child?
It is estimated that up to 20 percent of babies are born with blocked tear ducts. Most cases resolve naturally, or with minor treatment, within the first year. In most cases, at-home eye massages, when performed on a regular basis, are highly effective. We may recommend surgery if your child is still suffering from uncomfortable symptoms after six to eight months. These symptoms include excess tearing and repeated infections.
Our doctors treat pediatric patients on a regular basis and can provide child-friendly surgical care to open the tear duct. When performed on babies under a year old, this surgery has a success rate of 85 to 95 percent.
Do You Need Tear Duct Surgery?
In adults, tear duct obstruction is often caused by an injury, infection, or tumor. Experiencing several days of consistent watering or repeated eye infections may indicate that you have an obstructed tear duct and should schedule an appointment as soon as possible.