A blocked tear duct is a partial or complete blockage in the pathway that carries tears from the surface of the eye into the nose. Tears are constantly being made to help protect the surface of your eye. They drain into a very small opening punctum in the corner of your eye, near your nose. This opening is the entrance to the nasolacrimal duct.
Identifying and Treating a Blocked Tear Duct in Adults
How can I massage for blocked tear ducts in an adult? - American Academy of Ophthalmology
Read our important medical disclaimer. How can I massage for blocked tear ducts in an adult? The passage from the eye to the nose—the nasolacrimal duct—may be closed in a newborn. Babies will have mucous in their eye and appear to have chronic infection. It is easily diagnosed and often resolves spontaneously. Fifty percent will improve on their own—with massage and with time. Massaging a blocked tear duct works in infants under 1 year old.
Jump to content. Tears normally drain from the eye through small tubes called tear ducts , which stretch from the eye into the nose. If a tear duct becomes blocked or fails to open, tears cannot drain from the eye properly. The duct may fill with fluid and become swollen, inflamed, and sometimes infected.
Dacryocystitis is an infection in the tear drainage system. Tears drain from each eye through small canals, a tear sac lacrimal sac and a tear duct nasolacrimal duct. Tears are made by a small organ above the eye under the upper lid.