The answer is counter intuitive. One of the most common cause of watering eyes is dry eyes.
Watering eye, also known as epiphora or tearing eye, is a condition in which there is an overflow of tears onto the face, often without a clear explanation
Epiphora can develop at any age. It is 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.
Depending on the severity of symptoms, watering eye can sometimes make driving difficult and dangerous
Common Causes of Epiphora- Tearing Eyes
1. Dry Eye Syndrome- more than 50%
2. Allergies- test for allergies for try allergy medications
3. Blocked tear ducts- tear cannot drain
4. Blepharitis or conjunctivitis – eye infections
5. Trichiasis – inward-growing eyelashes
6.Ectropion – this is when the lower eyelid turns outwards
Why Dry Eyes Cause Tear Over Production?
It may not make sense, but dry eyes often lead to watery eyes. When eyes dry out, they become irritated and uncomfortable. That prompts the brain to signal the eyes to cry. This type of tear is called Reflex Tear which is of poor quality. The lacrimal glands is now producing so many tears that it overwhelms the eye’s natural drainage system.
Tear production tends to lessen with age, therefore, dry eyes are more common in older adults.
In addition to excessive tearing, symptoms of dry eye syndrome may include blurred vision, itchy eyes, or burning eyes. All these symptoms are consistent with dry eye syndrome.
Some medical conditions and medications can lead to dryness as can a dry and windy environment, but the most common cause of dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition called keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). People with this condition make tears, but the tears do not contain enough water or thickness.
How to stop tear over production
Artificial tears make watery eye condition even worse.
The proper way to relief watery dry eyes is to:
- Balance tear production – restore normal cell functions to tear secretion glands – lacrimal and meibomian glands
- Train your brain to stop crying – to stop tear over production.
TheraLife Eye can help!
TheraLife Eye restores both lacrimal and meibomian gland functions in order to establish balanced, sustainable tear for lasting relief. Learn more
Watery dry eyes takes longer to relief – expect to take 2- 3 months in order to establish tear film stability and stop eyes from over tearing. You will experience good days and bad days. Continue with TheraLife Eye high dosage until every day is a good day for you. You can then start to reduce dosage gradually for maintenance. Stopping TheraLife Eye all together will cause the watery dry eye symptoms to return.
Reprinted with permission from the Theralife blog