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Question: my 2 month old baby keeps having a runny eye and the doctor days it is a blocked tear duct . Is this a problem?

DR.PAUL: A blocked tear duct presents with a constantly runny or teary eye and is usually noticed during the first few weeks of life. The initial treatment is to gently massage the area between the nose and eye area and this may open up the ducts...if this fails then a probe procedure is needed; Under general anesthesia a tiny probe(a tiny iron rod) is placed in the tear duct opening by an ophthalmologist to stretch or unblock it, gebnerally solving the problem for good. This is a very minor operation.

Pediatrician DR.PAUL Roumeliotis is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The information provided above is designed to be an educational aid only. It is not intended to replace the advice and care of your child's physician, nor is it intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. If you suspect that your child has a medical condition always consult a physician.

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