About Tearing/Blocked Tear Duct

A blocked tear duct affects the outflow duct that usually drains tear fluid from the eye down into the nose, so it appears as if you are constantly crying. It is not a severe issue, but it can be incredibly annoying and may be associated with other eye problems such as amblyopia.

Treatments We Offer 

If an infection causes tearing, antibiotics can be prescribed to treat it. Massaging of the area can help reduce the blockage of the tear duct. Luckily, most cases usually resolve over time.

However, a short surgical procedure may be needed in chronic cases or if it is severely infected. This involves passing a tiny metal probe through the tear duct to push through the blockage and is a highly successful procedure. More advanced procedures may be recommended if simple probing fails.

Why Choose Columbia?

Columbia ophthalmologists are experts in diagnosing and treating excessive tearing and blocked tear ducts. We know that these conditions may not be medically severe, but they can affect your quality of life. Columbia ophthalmologists have the resources, skills, cutting-edge technology to treat your condition with the compassion and expertise you deserve.