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What is tear duct probing?

Tear duct probing is a procedure that is used to diagnose and treat a blocked tear duct. The tear duct starts at the corner of your eye next to your nose and drains tears into the nose from the nasolacrimal ducts. If you have a clogged tear duct, the tears can’t drain properly, and you’ll experience watery, irritated eyes.

Blocked tear ducts are common in babies and will often go away without treatment. Adults may experience blocked tear ducts as a result of:

  • Chronic eye inflammation
  • Uveitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Eye or sinus surgery
  • Prior cancer treatments like chemotherapy or radiation
  • Narrowing of the tear ducts due to normal aging
  • Eye injuries
  • Tumors near the tear ducts

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