Blocked Tear Duct

Blocked Tear Duct Lawyer

The bone structure of the skull is designed to protect the eyes, but sometimes the eyes sustain a secondary injury. For example, if the nose gets broken the draining system for the eyes may be injured — and it may not show-up for weeks or months. Any eye injury should be treated as an emergency. Many eye injuries can lead to permanent loss of visual acuity.

Blocked Tear Duct

A blocked tear duct is an obstruction of the nasolacrimal duct, which is located in the nose. It is a blockage of the draining system for the tears, not an inability to produce tears.

In some cases, a past nose injury can lead to scarring of the tear duct. Scar tissue can completely block the duct preventing the tears from draining. If the situation is not rectified, it can lead to infection of the eyelid and conjunctiva. It can also compromise vision.

For an adult with a blocked tear duct, surgery is recommended. A new opening is created by a procedure called DCR (dacryocystorhinostomy). The complications of surgery are:

  • bleeding
  • infection
  • allergic reaction to anesthesia

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