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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: bibi | 2004/10/04

Q.

Tear duct

My daughter's left eye has been tearing on and off since birth, sometimes very sticky etc, we have been massaging it according to GP/Paeditrician and Eye Specialists request at least 2 a day. She is now 13 months old, it has not cleared does this mean an operation is inevatible? I would like to avoid the op but not compromise her eyesight, how long could i wait before the operation to open the tear duct and is this a major big procedure and how long will they put her under anaesthetic for? do they have to put her under cant they give her something to calm her, i really dnt like the idea of an operation on a small child? pls calm me down...

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

A blocked tear duct is failry common. Massaging is the first choice to try and open it up, but the "operation" to fix it is usually very small and the duct is only probed. It would be best to discuss the detail with the eye specialist who will do the "operation".

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