Blocked tear duct

Blocked tear duct

Some babies can have sticky eyes which don't get better. This is usually caused by a blocked tear duct.

Some babies can have sticky eyes which don't get better. This is usually caused by a blocked tear duct. In this condition, the stickiness or discharge continues but the eye is not red or inflamed.

In a small number of babies, the condition doesn't improve. See your family doctor if it hasn't improved by the time your baby is 10 to 12 months old. Some babies may need a small operation to open the tear duct. 

Sticky eyes from a blocked tear duct are not contagious so your child can still attend daycare.

This page last reviewed 06 November 2018.
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