Watery eyes - symptoms, causes & treatments
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Watery Eyes

If you have a problem with constantly watering eyes, it’s usually because of excessive tear production, or poor tear drainage.

Our bodies produce tears to keep the eyes lubricated, and to help remove any foreign bodies. But when the body produces too many tears, or tear drainage is affected, the result is excessively watery eyes. While not necessarily harmful, watery eyes can be an irritation. Thankfully, they can be treated quickly and easily by the experts at Eye Institute.

Watering eye symptoms

Watery eyes are characterised by an excess of tears, which can give the eyes a glassy look, and may result in tears running or dripping from the eyes. Some excessive tear production is natural in cold or windy environments, or if a foreign body gets into the eye. However, excessive and constant watering is not normal, and may occur for a number of reasons.

Causes of watery eyes

There are two main causes of watery eyes – excessive tear production, or poor tear drainage.

Too many tears

Tear over-secretion is usually caused by irritation or inflammation of the surface of the eye. This can occur for a number of reasons, including eyelash and eyelid problems or allergies. Oddly, a dry eye problem can sometimes cause watery eyes, because the eye produces excess tears to combat the irritation and dryness.

Poor tear drainage

Watery eyes can also occur when the eye’s tear drainage channels can’t drain a normal volume of tears. This can be caused by a blocked tear drainage duct, narrow or displaced tear drainage openings (puncta), or lax eyelids causing the normal tear drainage ‘pump’ (usually activated by blinking) to fail.

Treatments for watery eyes

In the case of excessive tear production, watery eyes can often be treated very simply, with eye drops, warm compresses or sometimes medication. Treatment for tear drainage problems is usually surgical, but there’s no need to worry, as most surgical treatments are quick and highly effective.

For a complete diagnosis and to discuss all of the available treatment options, simply make an appointment with one of our eye specialists today.

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