Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland has the ability to handle a wide variety of vision and eye problems, one of which includes tear duct obstructions. Many babies today are born with a tear duct system that has not completely developed, and as a result, the tear ducts become blocked. A third of all babies may be born with blocked tear ducts. In most cases, the issue has corrected itself by the child’s first birthday. However, in the event that the discharge is significant or not improving, it’s important to see your local eye doctor, and Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland can help.
Normal Tear Production
The sensitive surface of your eye needs to be kept moist. The eye produces a team film in order to help remove any dirt or debris from the surface. The tear film is made up of three layers: the middle watery layer, the thin outer oily layer, and the thin inner mucous layer.
What is a Tear Duct Obstruction?
Tears drain through small openings at the inner corners of the upper and lower eyelids called puncta and enter the nose through the nasolacrimal duct. It’s commonly caused when the membrane at the end of the tear duct fails to open normally at birth. Sometimes the tear ducts simply just haven’t grown large enough yet to let tears pass through adequately.
What are the signs/symptoms of tear duct obstruction?
Without a proper drainage system for the eye, tears well up on the surface of the eye and overflow onto the eyelashes, and down the cheek. Normal eyelid bacteria are not properly flushed and this can lead to a discharge. Severe cases can result in an eye infection.
Pediatric Eye Associates Can Help
If you notice signs of tear duct obstruction in your child, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Spotting the issue early will ensure that the tear duct is corrected and that your child can return to being a happy baby!
Concerned about a Tear Duct Obstruction? Call Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland Today!
Pediatric Eye Care of Maryland takes you and your child’s eye health seriously. With a full staff of highly skilled Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, and Orthoptists we’ve got ocular health covered. If you feel any concern about your vision, have questions concerning eye health, or need information on the services we offer contact us today. With 4 convenient locations in Maryland, we are your number one choice for eye treatment.