Self-management

Prevention

To reduce your risk of developing a blocked tear duct later in life, get prompt treatment of eye inflammation or infections. Follow these tips to avoid eye infections in the first place:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
  • Try not to rub your eyes.
  • Replace your eyeliner and mascara regularly. Never share these cosmetics with others.
  • If you wear contact lenses, keep them clean according to recommendations provided by the manufacturer and your eye care specialist.
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