Treatment for Clogged and Blocked Tear Ducts in Seattle
Your problem with watery or irritated eyes may be the result of a clogged or obstructed tear duct. When tears are backed up within the drainage system, bacteria can grow and lead to infection and discomfort. Seattle facial cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Tim Heffernan can perform various treatments to correct blocked tear ducts and restore normal, comfortable use of your eyes.
Do I have a blocked tear duct?
Knowing whether or not you have a problem with a clogged tear duct can be determined by looking out for the following symptoms:
- Watery eyes or excessive tearing
- Inflammation of the eyes (conjunctivitis)
- Eye infections
- Pain or swelling
- Discharge of mucus or pus from the eyelids
- Blurry vision
A blocked tear duct is not to be confused with an allergic reaction such as itchy or dry eyes brought on by pollen or other external irritants. Those with a blocked tear duct will experience symptoms year-round.
What causes clogged tear ducts?
When a blockage disrupts the naturally occurring tear drainage system, your tears are unable to be drained properly and can lead to problems with infection or inflammation. This obstruction of the tear duct can be caused by several different factors, including:
- Congenital blockage
- Chronic eye infection/inflammation
- Injury or trauma to the face
- Topical medications
- Chemotherapy or radiation treatment
When you come in for your consultation with Dr. Heffernan, he will analyze your condition and speak with you about any past injuries, medications, or treatments that may have caused your condition. In order to properly remove the obstruction, it is important to determine what may have caused it. Let Dr. Heffernan know when you first noticed your symptoms.
Clogged Tear Duct Treatment in Seattle
Based on the possible cause of your obstruction, Dr. Heffernan will come up with the proper treatment plan for you. Treatment options range from prescription eye-drops to tumor removal and surgery. Many of the treatment options are minimally invasive and can be performed in-office by Dr. Heffernan. Your specific treatment will be described in further detail during your consultation.
Don’t let irritated, painful eyes hold you back. To schedule a consultation with Seattle facial specialist Dr. Tim Heffernan, click here to contact our office. Service areas include: Seattle, Bellevue, Everett, Kirkland, Redmond, Lynnwood, Bellingham, Kent, Renton, Edmonds, Puyallup, Bothell, Mercer Island, Federal Way & Tacoma Washington.