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People with complaints of watery eyes usually do not have a blocked drainage, but flushing tears (see dry eyes).

However, in some cases there actually is a blockage somewhere in the tear duct. Depending on the location, this can be solved in several ways:

  1. Intubation: a thin tube is placed in the drain and the tear duct is flushed with a saline solution. This is diagnostic treatment, but can also be therapeutic. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in our clinic.
  2. Operative: when the tear ducts turn out to be impassable during intubation, a new passage can be created surgically. This is rarely required, but if necessary you will be referred to an academic hospital for surgery (DCR) under anesthesia.
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