NASOLACRIMAL DUCT OBSTRUCTION IN CHILDREN
My baby has excess watering of the eyes. What is the cause?
Nasolacrimal duct obstruction is the commonest cause of watering of eyes in infants. Nasolacrimal duct is the duct that drains the tears from the eyes to the nose. In most of the children, the nasolacrimal duct opens before the first birthday.
What are the signs and symptoms of nasolacrimal duct obstruction?
The most common symptoms of nasolacrimal duct obstruction are excess tearing and mucus discharge. This may lead to recurrent red eyes and infections. The excessive tearing can produce secondary skin changes on the lower eyelids as well.
What is the treatment for nasolacrimal duct obstruction?
Massage of the nasolacrimal sac leads to relief of obstruction. Antibiotics may be required for recurrent infections. In children in which the nasolacrimal duct obstruction does not resolve, probing is the surgical treatment.