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Infant with eye tearing problem. What should i do?

Hi! My 15 month old son s eye has been tearing for about 5 days now. It is not red or pink and he has no crust that usually accompanies pink eye. It is just tearing as if he has been crying. I have been putting a warm paper towel that is very wet on it in an effort to flush they eye but this has not helped. His eye is not worse, but it is not better either. What should I do?
Asked On : Thu, 7 Mar 2013
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Ophthalmologist 's  Response

Welcome. To HCM.

Your son is suffering from Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct obstruction in that eye, leading to improper tear drainage.

As there is no discharge, you can use a preservative free lubricant eye drop, followed by a sac massage which will relieve the block on mechanical pressure.

To confirm this and to know the exact technique of sac massage please visit your ophthalmologist. He/she will guide you further about the duration of the massage .

Don't worry , it is one of he most commonly encountered problems in newborns, which will get cured soon.

Take care :).
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr. R.A. Singh's  Response
Hi Jenny,
Thanks for writing your query.

After reading your post, it seems that your son is having blocked nasolacrimal duct.
Usually this condition improves by itself after the age of one years.

You can massage the area 2-3 times a day.
Using your clean finger, rub the area from inside corner of the eyes towards the nose. This may help open the tear duct.

A blocked tear duct that doesnot improve, may need a minor probing procedure.
You should get his eyes examined by an Ophthalmologist.

I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Fri, 8 Mar 2013
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