NLD Probing and Stenting

Congenital Nasolacrimal Duct Obstruction (CNLDO) can lead to excessive tearing in your newborn infant that is noted around 6-8 weeks of life. The eyelashes will appear matted together, there will be both tears and mucous which could often be confused for an eye infection. The cause of the obstruction is often a mucosal valve at the end of the lacrimal system which when open, drains the tears into the nasal cavity. Having the tears sit undrained may lead to an area of bacterial growth that may cause an infection. In such a case, the white of the eye will be red and there may be discolored discharge. If this occurs, please come in immediately to see your pediatrician or eye care provider.



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