Watering eyes are a common problem, particularly in older people. A blocked tear duct is the most common cause, but there are a number of other causes. It can occur if too many tears are produced or if they cannot drain away properly. Other problems that can cause extra tears to be produced include:
• the lower eyelid sagging away from the eye (ectropion) – this makes it difficult for tears to reach the drainage ducts
• eyelids that roll inwards (entropion)
• inflammation of the edges of the eyelids (blepharitis)
• blocked or narrowed tear ducts
• eye irritation (for example, from chemical fumes or grit)
• an eye infection, such as conjunctivitis
• an allergy
HOW IS WATERY EYES DIAGNOSED?
An ophthalmologist would do the diagnosis by observing your eyes and also do some tests to check the tear or damage in tear ducts.
HOW IS WATERY EYES TREATED?
Antibiotic eye drops to help and reduce the watering and infection are provided. One should also splash regular water and cleaning the eyes helps to. If this doesn't work, surgery may be required if there is some kind of external or physical damage to the tear ducts.
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.