Newborn babies are the most common age group associated with this problem. The main reasons are debris from being in the womb or a congenital disability where the duct hasn't yet fully developed. When adults develop the problem, it is typically due to an injury or another illness such as a sinus infection. Another factor can be age. As we get older, tear ducts get smaller and can become blocked more easily. People with chronic eye infections are also more at risk of developing the problem.
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