Tear ducts can be fully or
blocked. The blockage causes tears to back up inside
the tear duct system and may cause the tears to overflow onto the face
(epiphora). The blockage may also allow infection to develop in the tear ducts
as bacteria and other substances collect in the eye.
tear ducts are present at birth (congenital) and resolve on their own before a
baby is 1 year old.1 A few babies may need
probing to open the ducts. Probing done around age 1
usually works well, and most babies don't need it done again.2
Eye fatigue or eye strain is a common and annoying condition. The symptoms include tired, itching, and burning eyes.
Eye fatigue is rarely a serious condition. Common sense precautions at home, work, and outdoors may help prevent or reduce eye fatigue.
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A blocked tear duct by itself usually does not
permanently affect a baby's vision or increase the likelihood of having other
Infections may develop many times in the affected
eye. In rare cases, infection may spread to the eyelids and skin around the eye
(periorbital cellulitis). Sometimes a pus-filled sac (dacryocystitis)
In adults, blocked tear ducts may be caused by
infection, structural problems related to injury or surgery, or abnormal
growths within the drainage system. Treatment for a blocked tear duct depends
on the cause.
Infections usually clear up with
If structural changes or abnormal growths are causing the tear
duct blockage, surgery may be needed to correct the problem.