Blockage Of The Tear Ducts In A Newborn?

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after birth my baby’s eyes were fine. When after the irradiation was done, because my baby was yellow when it was finished, her eyes began to be young until now 1 year. His eyes never flushed, they just came out, if they had to be assisted by surgery. How do the doctor’s methods? Is the baby totally sedated? And doing hospitalization after surgery? Thank you

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Hello Desi, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com

Blockage of the tear ducts in babies is a very common condition and is very common. In fact, this tear duct obstruction occurs in approximately 20% of babies. Symptoms of a blocked tear duct usually won't be immediately apparent when the baby is born because the baby has not yet produced tears. A few days to a few weeks after birth, new symptoms will begin to appear. The blockage of the tear ducts does not occur because of the radiation done to your baby.


In most babies, this obstruction can get better on its own before the baby turns 1 year old. If the blockage does not improve after 1 year of age or the symptoms of the blockage are very severe (causing infection in the eye), then surgery can be performed to open the blocked duct. During the operation, the child will be under general anesthesia. The procedure is performed by an eye doctor by inserting a kind of small wire into the tear outlet while injecting saline fluid to open the channel. The operation usually takes 10-20 minutes per eye. After the operation the child will be taken to the recovery room to monitor his vital signs. If the vital signs are good, the child does not need to be treated and can go home the same day. However, this of course depends on the consideration of the treating doctor. In some children, this procedure will need to be repeated if the obstruction does not improve after surgery. Repeat operations can be done approximately 3 months after the first operation.


You can discuss further about this operation with the Pediatrician and Ophthalmologist who will perform this operation on your child.


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