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There are some situations in which eye surgery may be necessary for kids. Blocked tear ducts is just one example of a situation in which eye surgery may be necessary. In many cases, blocked tear ducts can be treated at home without surgical procedures. Simply massaging the tear duct with clean hands can help to correct the problem. However, if excess tearing continues for six to eight months or infections develop, it will likely become necessary for the child to undergo eye surgery to correct the problem. This is a simple procedure which is typically 85 percent to 95 percent successful for children under one year of age. However, the success rate decreases as the child ages.