One of the most common questions asked is “ I have tears running down my cheek, how can I have dry eyes? 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.