Some treatment options for clogged tear ducts include minimally invasive treatment and surgery. The appropriate treatment generally depends on the underlying cause of the obstruction, notes Mayo Clinic.
Doctors may recommend antibiotic eye drops for infection-related blocked tear ducts. For causes not associated with an invasion of pathogenic microorganisms, individuals may undergo minimally invasive techniques. These methods, which include balloon catheter dilation, stenting or intubation and dilation, probing and irrigation, can be performed in most infants, toddlers and adults, notes Mayo Clinic.
An invasive operation medically known as dacryocystorhinostomy, which involves creating a new drainage path for tears, is usually advised for older children and adults with clogged tear ducts. This procedure is only recommended for babies and small children who exhibited a poor response to minimally invasive treatment options.