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).
Over 5% of infants have symptoms of nasolacrimal duct obstruction affecting one or both eyes. Over 90% clear spontaneously during the first year of life.
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)