Blocked tear ducts are sometimes cleared using a procedure called intubation. During intubation, two small wire probes attached to silicone tubes are passed into the upper and lower tear duct openings (puncta) and down the tear duct drainage system into the nasal cavity. The wires are removed and the tubes are tied or sewn in place to keep the tear ducts open. Intubation is usually done as part of a probing procedure in the hospital using general anesthesia. Most people go home the same day.
From 3 to 16 weeks after surgery, the person returns to the doctor's office, and the tubes are removed. Anesthesia is usually not needed when the tubes are taken out.
Caring for a premature baby can be an exhilarating and frightening time for parents. Your newborn has survived despite being born before her time -- a huge relief. Yet you know that, because of her early birth, she has some challenges ahead.
The number of preterm births in the U.S. rose by more than one-third from the 1980s to 2006. While recent rates have declined, this overall increase has health experts concerned. Premature babies have a higher risk for health problems, including certain eye...