There might be


possible types: congenital or acquired

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


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


  • 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
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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)

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


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: (+376) 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


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

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