Last Updated : 1/6/2010
Jayesh N Doctor
My baby has excess watering of eyes. What is the cause?

Nasolacrimal duct obstruction

is a common cause of watering in the eyes of 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


Massaging the nasolacrimal sac relieves the obstruction of the duct. Antibiotics may be required for recurrent infections. In children in which the nasolacrimal duct obstruction does not resolve, probing is the surgical treatment.

Contributor Information and Disclosures

Jayesh N Doctor
Ophthalmic Surgeon, Doctor Eye Institute, Mumbai, India

First Created : 1/15/2002


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