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:
- 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.
- 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.