What are nasolacrimal duct obstructions?

Also known as: NLDO, obstruction of the nasolacrimal duct, tear duct obstruction, blocked tear duct, dacryostenosis.

Tears normally drain from the eye through small openings in the corners of the eyelids, entering the nose through the nasolacrimal duct (tear duct). When the tear ducts are blocked it’s known as nasolacrimal duct (or tear duct) obstruction. It’s a common problem in infants at birth (5% or more) and may affect one or both eyes.


Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

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