Tip 244: epiphora

Epiphora is a watering eye, which is infants is usually caused by delayed canalisation of the nasolacrimal duct mucosa. It can be present in up to 20% of infants.

Most cases resolve spontaneously by 18 months of age without any complications from infection. Massage over the tear sac may shorten the time to resolution.

Reference: Takahashi, Y., Kakizaki, H., Chan, W. O., & Selva, D. (2010). Management of congenital nasolacrimal duct obstruction. Acta ophthalmologica, 88(5), 506-513.

Previously published: 01/06/15

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