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Since the watering from eyes has been noticed since birth, it looks like your nephew has congenital dacryocystitis.
Normally the tears flow from the eyes into the lacrimal sac and via the nasolacrimal duct(NLD) enter into the nose.
In some children there is a delay in the canalisation of the NLD thus resulting in a blocked duct which in turn results in watering from eyes.
is that something that can be repaired?
It is fairly common in newborn ( as the NLD canalises in the 9th month ) but gets rectified in most of the babies.
is it normal for both eyes to be experiencing this?
what is the NLD??
Upto 1 year only lacrimal massage is sufficient to open the passage. But beyond that massage does not help much. In such children a minor procedure is done called as lacrimal probing. NLD is the nasolacrimal duct( explained earlier).
Yes it can affect both eyes together.
i've heard many things about a procedure involving a tube going down his duct but nothing from a professional,, how would this work and what are the chances of it repairing the problem completely?
are there chances of the procedure going wrong? I'm very nervous as you can see
You can consult a pediatric ophthalmologist for the treatment as they are specilised in these procedures. In lacrimal probing, which is done under short general anesthesia in the eye operation theatre, a very thin probe is gently passed into the lacrimal passage in order to open the duct.
Usually this procedure takes care of the problem. Only in few cases it might require a repeat probing, in case the block persists.
It is a safe procedure and unlikely to go wrong in the hands of specialists such as pediatric ophthalmologists.
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yes it does,, for the moment,,
thank you so much,,,
You are most welcome. Do not worry, your nephew should do well with the procedure. Take care.
how long can i still chat with you in case i need to ask you something else a different day, i need to get all the information from my sister in order to ask the right questions
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ok,, thank you so much
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