Lacrimal or Tearing Problems

Also known as: lacrimal disorders, tear duct obstruction, congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction

What are lacrimal or tearing problems?

When the tear ducts are blocked and do not allow tears to flow from the corners of the eyes properly, this is known as a lacrimal or tearing problem. It’s a common problem in infants at birth but can also occur in adults, as well.


Reviewed by: Zenia Aguilera, MD

This page was last updated on: May 08, 2019 03:06 PM

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Nasolacrimal Duct Obstructions

Tears normally drain from the eye through small openings in the corners of the eyelids, entering the nose through the nasolacrimal duct. When the tear ducts are blocked it’s known as nasolacrimal duct obstruction. Learn more