When the small chamber (lacrimal sac) into which the tears drain from the eye becomes infected, tears become trapped and form a pool. This condition (known as “dacryocystitis”) blocks tears from flowing from the inner corners of the eyes, along the nose, and out through the nasal passages. As bacteria grow in the pool of blocked tears, infection sets in and reddening, tenderness, and swelling develop at the inside corner of the eye. This most commonly occurs in infants and older adults. Treatment may begin with warm compresses and gentle massage, followed by probing of the nasolacrimal duct (tear duct) and a course of oral antibiotics. If the probing proves ineffective, “dacryocystorhinostomy” (DCR) surgery may be recommended.
This informative column on dacryocystitis has been brought to you as a public service in the interest of better eye health. At Mayo Eye Center, we can detect early stages of disease during a medical eye examination. At our office, located at 2890 South Lamar Blvd., we have state-of- the-art equipment and procedures to ensure that you receive the best possible eye health care. We are medical doctors specializing in disease and surgery of the eye. Please call 662-234-3937 to schedule an eye examination. You can trust your eyes to our experience.
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