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. Alternative Names Dacryostenosis; Blocked nasolacrimal duct; Nasolacrimal duct obstruction (NLDO).
Congenital dacryostenosis affects about 20% of newborns. the tear ducts will not open without treatment until the age of 9 months
Many cases cannot be prevented. Proper treatment of nasal infections and conjunctivitis may reduce the risk of having a blocked tear duct. Using protective eyewear may help prevent a blockage caused by injury
The Association For Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)