Tear duct in overdrive
August 25, 2014 8:57 AM Subscribe
I have a problem with my tear duct in one eye becoming intermittently blocked, and it's a huge pain in the...eye. This has been going on for about a year, and seems to flare up once or twice a month for 4-5 days at a time. I have seen an ophthalmologist - the first time he opened up the duct with a tool (not fun) and gave me some eyedrops. At the follow-up visit he cleared me and said to massage the side of my nose in the shower to prevent recurrences. He also indicated my next step would be surgery, which I'd super duper love to avoid.
posted by tryniti to Health & Fitness (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
When it 'flares up', my eye basically pours water for a few days and gets generally angry from all the watering. Sometimes I will wake up with goopy eye, but it usually doesn't turn into a full-on infection. I've been doing the shower-nose-massage thing, but it's not preventing it 100%.
Because it's basically a minor annoyance, I'd like to see if I can avoid surgery if possible, but certainly I will return to the doc if it becomes clear that the problem won't resolve on its own. Do you know of any tricks or tips to help the situation at home? I've heard this can be common in babies, but have any of you grown-ups experienced this? Bonus question: if you did require a procedure, how was it?