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  • Blocked Tear Duct Symptoms

    Reviewed By Stephen N Lipsky MD
    Oct. 14, 2015

    Symptoms of a blocked tear duct may include watery eyes or tears running out of the eyes. The symptoms of a blocked tear duct may get worse after a cold or sinus infection. Also, symptoms may be more noticeable after exposure to cold, wind or sunlight.

    When tear ducts are blocked, trapped bacteria in the nasolacrimal sac can lead to infection (called dacryocystitis). Symptoms of infection include:

    • Inflammation (swelling), tenderness and redness of the inside corner of the eye or around the eye and nose
    • Recurrent eye infections
    • Eye mucus discharge
    • Crusty eyelashes
    • Blurred vision
    • Blood-tinged tears
    • Fever