Watery eyes or tearing also known as epiphora is a condition where there is an overflow of
tears. Tears serve a vital role for your eyes as it keeps the front surface of your eyes healthy
and maintains a clear vision. It keeps your eyes lubricated and washes away foreign particles
and dust and is also a component of your immune system that protects you against
infection. They are normally discharged through your tear ducts then evaporate. Epiphora
or Watery eyes can develop at any age and it is more common in those aged under 12
months or over 60 years.
Watering the eye can usually be treated effectively even without treatments, but the
condition can sometimes become a chronic problem.
Causes of watery eyes
- It is common to produce excess tears temporarily when you are emotional, laughing,
- coughing, vomiting, experiencing strong taste sensations, or yawning.
- eye syndrome
- Environmental factors or Weather conditions such as dusty weather, wind, cold, and
- Allergies Common cold, sinus problems
- Inflammation of the eyelid (blepharitis)
- Eyelid problems, such as Bumps on the Eyelids
- Problems With Your Cornea
- Ingrown eyelash (trichiasis)
- pink eye (conjunctivitis) or other infections
Symptoms of the Watery Eyes
- The blocked tear duct leads to watery eyes
- Redness and irritation of the affected eye
- Mucus or discharge coming from the eye
- Crust forming on the eyelids
- Eye infections, such as conjunctivitis, or pink eye
- Blurred vision
- Pain and swelling of the inside corner of the eye
When should you call a doctor?
It is important to consult your doctor if you have a prolonged case of watery eyes, especially
if it is accompanied by other symptoms in case your eye becomes red or swollen, make an
appointment to see your eye doctor who assesses your eye and suggests appropriate eye
treatment for tear drainage problems usually requires surgical assistance and most
treatments are quick and highly effective.