Hi Chantelle,I have been down the blocked tear duct road twice and now it looks like it will be a third time as my 3 month old DD's tear duct have remained closed as well.. sigh
My eldest (DS) had his tear duct probed at about 9 months and the doc said it was unsuccessful but the duct opened itself about 2 weeks later so all was good. My DD also had her ducts operated on at about 9 months and the doc said the surgery was successful but he was wrong and the duct remained a problem. The doc wanted to sew a tube into her tear duct and leave it for 6 months to fix the problem - I said no, that I wanted to try the probing again... so her ducts were probed for a second time and again the doc said it was a success but the problem remained so we resigned ourselves for further surgery (the dreaded tube) but about 3 weeks before she was due for her third op, the duct spontaneously opened and we have had no more problems. I did take her to a 'bigger' eye specialist in Brisbane who said that she simply had slow draining ducts (which can be heriditary) and that she woulld 'grow out of it' and that she should never have been operated on in the first place! I was cranky cause we had put her through two lots of surery for nothing! The Brisbane specialist said that he would not touch a baby's tear ducts until they reached the age of 2 because in nearly all cases the ducts will correct them by then.
Now with my youngest I am going to let nature take its course and allow time for the ducts to open themselves.
Oh and by the way, the specialist also said that massaging the ducts did nothing physically to help the tear ducts open - it was something they told mums to do so they would think they were helping wink
Sorry about the long post but I just thought I would share my story with you and let you know that you don't have to rush into surgery and that it may pay to get a second opinion. If you do choose to go down the surgery road then I can let you know what to expect.
Jodie, QLD, DS (6), DD (5), DD (1)