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Tear duct probe: Discharge instructions

What is a tear duct probe?

A tear duct probe is done to open a small or blocked tear duct.

What can I expect after surgery?

Most children do not have any discomfort from the procedure. Your child's eyes may be bloodshot. There may be pink-tinged tears, or bloody nose drainage for 1 or 2 days.

How should I care for my child?

It may be helpful to have a wet washcloth in a plastic bag handy in case a nosebleed occurs.

Follow your Patient Discharge Summary for pain control, and when to see the surgeon again.

How active can my child be?

Your child may do quiet activities the day of surgery and then go back to regular activities.

What can my child eat?

Starting with a bland meal, your child may go back to his or her regular diet.

When should I call the surgeon?

  • temperature higher than 102° F (38.8° C) and not responding to Tylenol
  • lower eyelid becomes swollen, tender, or warm
  • pus at the tear duct
  • nosebleeds that cannot be stopped by squeezing the nose
  • pink-tinged tears or bloody nose drainage that lasts more than 2 days


This sheet is not specific to your child, but provides general information. If you have any questions please call the surgeon.

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