Watering eye, also known as epiphora or tearing, is a condition in which there is an overflow of tears onto the face, often without a clear explanation. There is insufficient tear film drainage from the eye(s) - instead of all the tears draining through the nasolacrimal system, they overflow onto the face. Epiphora can develop at any age. It is, however, more common among babies aged under 12 months, and adults over the age of 60 years. The condition may present symptoms in just one or both eyes.
HOW IS TEARING EYES DIAGNOSED?
Ophthalmologists conduct a complete eye examination and evaluate your symptoms as well. He may check for any eye infection that may be causing Tearing eyes. The doctor may also check if the tear ducts are blocked by passing a fluid through them.
HOW IS TEARING EYES TREATED?
In most cases, watery eyes will clear up without treatment. The treatment for watery eyes include:
• prescription eye drops
• treating allergies that make the eyes watery
• antibiotics if case of an eye infection
• a warm, wet towel placed on the eyes several times a day, which can help with blocked tear ducts
• a surgical procedure to clear blocked tear ducts
• surgery to repair or create a new tear drainage system (dacryocystorhinostomy)
DID YOU KNOW?
Tears are normally discharged through the tear ducts and then evaporate.