Watery eyes are a condition in which the eyes secrete excessive tears. Watery eyes are also referred to as tearing eyes. When tears do not contain the right balance of salt, water and oil they cause dry eyes. Dry eyes result in watery eyes. Symptoms of watery eyes are:
• Watering eyes
• Dryness of eyes
HOW IS WATERY EYES DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will try to find out whether it has been caused by a lesion, infection, entropion (inward-turning eyelid) or ectropion (outward-turning eyelid). The doctor may also perform a test that determines if fluid can pass through the tear ducts.
HOW IS WATERY EYES TREATED?
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.
DID YOU KNOW?
The following irritants can cause the overproduction of tears:
• Some chemicals, such as fumes, and even onions
• Infective conjunctivitis
• Allergic conjunctivitis
• An injury to the eye, such as a scratch or a bit of grit (tiny pebble or piece of dirt)
• Trichiasis - inward-growing eyelashes, often caused by marginal entropion (the eyelid turns in at the edges towards the eye)
• Ectropion - this is when the lower eyelid turns outwards.