Skip to content
My WebMD Sign In, Sign Up

Eye Health Center

Blocked Tear Ducts Directory

A blocked tear duct is the obstruction or closure of one or both the small tubes that run from the eye to the nose and allow tears to drain from the eyes. The condition is most common in newborns: The thin tissue at the end of the tear duct doesn't open normally. In adults, a blocked tear duct is usually the result of an injury, nasal or sinus problems, or thickening of the tear duct lining. Symptoms include excessive tearing, and if there's an infection, redness and swelling around the eye or nose, and mucus in the corners of the eyes. Treatment may include antibiotics. If a baby's tear duct remains blocked for more than 6 months, a probing procedure may be done to open the duct. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about Blocked Tear Ducts, how they are diagnosed, treated, and much more.

Medical Reference

Features

Thumbnail: Why We Cry: The Truth About Tearing Up

What makes you cry, and why does crying come easily to some people but others rarely shed a tear? Experts explain.

Read Full Article

Video

Slideshows & Images

Today on WebMD

businesswoman wearing fun eyeglasses
Slideshow
Pink Eye Slideshow
Slideshow
 
Woman with itchy watery eyes
Slideshow
grilled salmon and spinach
Video
 

Understanding Stye
Article
human eye
Article
 
eye
Video
eye exam timing
Video
 

vision test
Tool
is vision correction surgery for you
Article
 
high tech contacts
Article
eye drop
Article
 

Special Sections