Signs and symptoms may be caused by the blocked tear duct or from an infection that develops because of the blockage. Look for:
- Excessive tearing
- Recurrent eye inflammation (conjunctivitis)
- Recurrent eye infections
- Painful swelling near the inside corner of the eye
- Mucus or pus discharge from the lids and surface of the eye
- Blurred vision
When to see a doctor
If your eye has been watery and leaking or is continually irritated or infected, make an appointment to see your doctor. Some blocked tear ducts are caused by tumors pressing on the tear drainage system, and quick identification of the tumor can give you more treatment options.
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