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Blocked Tear Ducts - Topic Overview

If the duct remains blocked after the baby is 6 months to about 1 year old, a probing procedure may be done. Probing successfully opens the duct for about 80 out of 100 babies who have blocked ducts.1 Probing is not usually done for adults, because it rarely helps.

Some people may need surgery for structural problems or abnormal growths.

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Last Updated: November 08, 2011
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