Watery eyes in young children are often caused by a problem with the tear drainage system (nasolacrimal system) of the eye.
The surface of the eye is very sensitive and is protected by the tear film. The tears normally drain down small channels called canaliculi on the inner part of each eyelid into a tear sac. From the tear sac they flow down the nasolacrimal duct into the nose.
When the nasolacrimal duct is obstructed or blocked, it may cause:
The most common cause of a nasolacrimal duct obstruction is a membrane blocking the nasolacrimal duct.
There are different stages in the treatment of nasolacrimal duct obstruction to encourage tear flow and tear duct development. The Ophthalmologist at Western Sydney Eye Doctors will discuss all treatment options and stages with you during your appointment.