Blocked Tear Ducts

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Children may be born with a tear duct system that hasn’t fully developed and this can lead to blockage, excessive tearing and infection. Nemours pediatric ophthalmologists are trained to diagnose and treat blocked tear ducts with a variety of methods. And they have the skill necessary to perform pediatric eye surgery when it’s needed.

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Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington

1600 Rockland Road
Wilmington, DE 19803
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For Appointments: (302) 651-4200

 
What to Bring
  • photo ID
  • medical and pharmacy insurance cards
  • preferred pharmacy name and phone number
  • names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
  • guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
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Bring these forms for your first appointment:

Returning Patients
 
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Our Nemours pediatric ophthalmologists will perform certain tests in the office to confirm the diagnosis of blocked tear ducts.

If the tear duct obstruction does not resolve by itself, your Nemours physician may recommend one or more of the following treatments:

  • tear duct massage
  • topical antibiotic eye drops
  • tear duct probing
  • balloon tear duct dilation
  • tear duct intubation

Specialized Training in Pediatric Ophthalmology

Nemours pediatric ophthalmologists (meaning they've completed a residency in pediatric ophthalmology and are trained specifically in pediatric eye problems) offer comprehensive eye examinations and testing in order to diagnose and treat infant, childhood, and adolescent eye disorders. And, if needed, they have the skill and experience to perform pediatric eye surgery.