Personal stories about having a probing procedure to open a baby's blocked tear duct
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Marta, age 35: Sevi was born with blocked tear
ducts, and both eyes were mucky from the beginning. It really stressed me out
worrying that his eyes were infected. I used antibiotic drops on and off when
his eyes were red. But I worried about using the drops too much. Every morning
his eyes were glued shut with gunk. It bothered me that people were always
commenting about his eyes. When the ophthalmologist said he could have a
probing at 6 months, I was ready.
Stanley, age 22: I have a 12-month-old son,
Ismail, whose tear ducts just finally opened up. I was very resistant to
probing. I just could not be adequately convinced that the procedure was
necessary. I know that the possible serious side effects of anesthesia are very
rare, but I couldn't justify that risk for a condition that caused me some
inconvenience but did not jeopardize my son's well-being.
Beverly, age 26: When my eldest daughter,
Whitney, was 1 year old, we decided it was time to have the procedure to open
her tear duct. We had waited patiently for it to open on its own, but it had
not. She would not let me clean them, and it was becoming very difficult to
keep her eyes clean. She began to rub them a lot and they were red most of the
time. We had the procedure, and her eye is fine now.
Myna, age 40: My daughter Tamera was born with
a blocked tear duct. It really bothered me because she always had a teary eye.
When she had a cold, she used to have mucus in her eye and her eye was matted
in the morning. In some of her baby pictures, she has tears in her eye. I hated
that my perfect little baby didn't look perfect, but I just could not stand the
thought of putting something sharp near her eye, especially while she was
awake. Eventually, when Tamera was 8 months old, the tear duct opened.
Debby Golonka, MPH
Susan Van Houten, RN, BSN, MBA
Pat Truman, MATC
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
April 11, 2008
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 11, 2008
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