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Lacrimal Sac Swelling & Lacrimal Drainage Blockage

The most common cause of lacrimal sac swelling is a condition called dacryocystitis. Dacryocystitis is an inflammation or infection of the tear-sacs or lacrimal sacs located in the lower corner of the eye that causes redness, swelling and discomfort.

The first step in your journey to treat any lacrimal sac swelling is a correct diagnosis and a comprehensive management plan.

Our award-winning ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgeons will safely take care of everything from consultation and diagnosis to treatment and post-op care.



At FaceRestoration, we understand the discomfort and embarrassment caused by lacrimal sac swelling and aim to treat you as soon as possible. We offer a wide range of treatments, from prescription eye care to eyelid surgeries, to alleviate your symptoms and increase prognosis.

Symptoms of lacrimal sac swelling or lacrimal drainage blockage may include:

  • Swelling beneath the eye between the eye and nose
  • Discomfort/soreness
  • Redness
  • Pus discharge through the tear duct

What are lacrimal sacs?

Lacrimal sacs are the upper portions of the tear ducts that run from the inside corner of the eye down toward the nasal passages.Through the tear ducts, the tears are transported away from the eye surface after washing away dirt. Irritation of the tear ducts or tear sacs prevents used tears from being removed from the eyes.Dacryocystitis symptoms are similar to those of many other eye problems. Therefore, it is essential that patients see an ophthalmic consultant, rule out any other cause for concern and obtain the correct diagnosis and treatment.

What are the causes of lacrimal sac swelling?

Lacrimal sac swelling can be caused by a number of different factors in both adults and children. The main causes in adults are:

  • Sinusitis
  • Nasal abscess
  • Trauma or injury
  • Small growths and polyps
  • Infections

Is it acute or chronic lacrimal swelling?


Swelling of the lacrimal sacs can be classed as either acute or chronic. Symptoms of acute dacryocystitis start suddenly and often include a sudden swelling and pus from the eye. Bacterial infections are usually the cause of acute dacryocystitis, and antibiotic treatment usually resolves the infection within a few days.

In cases of chronic dacryocystitis, the onset of symptoms may be more gradual. The symptoms are often less severe, and fever and pus may not be present. However, some people may experience long-lasting pain or discomfort from the corner of the eye.

What is seborrheic blepharitis?


There are various types of Seborrheic conditions, but this is the most common and least severe. Seborrheic blepharitis occurs when the oil glands are not functioning properly, resulting in greasy, waxy scales accumulating along the eyelid margins. Seborrhea may be a part of an underlying skin condition. A number of factors play a role in seborrhea, such as hormones, nutrition, and general health.

At FaceRestoration, we work as part of a multidisciplinary network that can help with other conditions that may be aggravating your dry eye symptoms.

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Treatment after care

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