There might be

2

possible types: congenital or acquired

During the first year of life, it clears up suddenly in

90%

of all cases

What is it?

Sometimes, tears cannot drain from the eyes and this can lead to a blockage of the duct that transports tears from the surface of the eye to the nose. There are two types of tear duct obstruction:

  • Acquired: This is the most common type and usually affects adults. It may result from a variety of causes (infections, conjunctivitis, etc.). This type of tear duct obstruction becomes more common with age.
  • Congenital: This affects children and is caused by a membrane that prevents tears from emptying into the nasal cavity.

What causes it?

The main causes are:

  • Ageing
  • The use of certain drugs such as chronic eye drops and chemotherapy
  • A congenital defect from birth
  • Radiotherapy in the eyelid area

Symptoms

  • Blurred vision, especially when reading
  • Watery eyes
  • Constant tear production that increases in adverse conditions (wind, air-conditioning, heating, etc.)
  • Recurrent conjunctivitis (several times a year)
  • Sometimes patients experience inflammation of the skin on the eyelid (eczema) due to irritation caused by the constant tear production.
  • Dacryocystitis or lacrimal sac infections, a fairly common infection that causes fever, pain and inflammation.

Associated treatments

Specialists who treat this pathology

IMO Institute of Ocular Microsurgery

Josep María Lladó, 3
08035 Barcelona
Phone: (+34) 934 000 700
E-mail: informacion@imo.es
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By car

GPS navigator coordinates:
41º 24’ 38” N – 02º 07’ 29” E

Exit 7 of the Ronda de Dalt (mountain side). The clinic has a car park with more than 200 parking spaces.

By bus

Autobus H2: Rotonda de Bellesguard, parada 1540

Autobus 196: Josep Maria Lladó-Bellesguard, parada 3191

Autobuses H2, 123, 196: Ronda de Dalt – Bellesguard, parada 0071

IMO Madrid

C/ Valle de Pinares Llanos, 3
28035 Madrid
Phone: (+34) 910 783 783
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Public transport

Metro Lacoma (líne 7)
Autobuses:

  • Lines 49 & 64, stop “Senda del Infante”
  • Line N21, stop “Metro Lacoma”

Timetables

Patient care:
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

IMO Andorra

Av. de les Nacions Unides, 17
AD700 Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
Phone: (+37) 688 55 44
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IMO Manresa

C/ Carrasco i Formiguera, 33 (Baixos)
08242 – Manresa
Tel: (+34) 938 749 160
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Public transport

FGC. Line R5 & R50 direction Manresa. Station/Stop: Baixador de Manresa

Timetables

Monday to Friday, 08:30 A.M – 13:30 PM / 15:00 PM – 20:00 PM

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