- Blocked tube that normally carries tears from the eye to the nose
- It's blocked in 10% of newborns
- Use this guide only if a doctor has told you it's a blocked tear duct
Symptoms of a Blocked Tear Duct
- A constant watery eye
- Tears fill the eye and run down the face. This happens even when not crying.
- The eye is not red and the eyelid is not swollen.
- Both sides are blocked in 30% of these children.
Cause of a Blocked Tear Duct
- Caused by blockage of the lacrimal duct. This duct carries tears from the corner of the eye to the nose.
- A watery eye may not be noticed until 1 or 2 months old. Reason: that's when the eye starts making more tears.