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Quick Summary: Treating Tear-Duct Blockage (Tear Duct Massage)

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A tear duct is a small tube that drains tears from the eyes. Tears are made in glands under the eyelids. They wash over the eyes to keep them moist and clean. Then, they drain though the tear ducts. When a tear duct is blocked (a blockage), the tears can't drain.

If your child has a blocked tear duct, your doctor may show you how to massage the eye several times a day at home for a few months. Massaging can help open the blockage.

  • 45-Second Summary: Tear Duct Massage

    45-Second Summary: Tear Duct Massage

    How can massage help clear a blocked tear duct? Watch this video to find out.

Date reviewed: January 2022