In 90% cases of delayed opening of the NLP, they open and the watering ceases before the child’s first birthday. In case there is no reduction in watering by the time the child is 9-10 months of age, your doctor may elect to do a simple procedure called “probing” under a short general anaesthesia. In this, sterile fine blunt probes are passed to ‘unclog’ the NLP. This is much like the plumber passing probes to relieve a choked up basin outlet. Most eye doctors recommend this procedure before or around the child’s first birthday. The later it is done, the less the chance of success.
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