Why Are Your Eyes Watering?

Posted on: 15 September 2015

If you find that you are suddenly suffering from a lot of bouts of watery eyes, you want to get to the bottom of what is causing them so you can put an end to it. There are many different possibilities and conditions that can cause watery eyes. This article will go over some of the different things that can cause your eyes to water so you can determine what's causing your problem.

Allergies

Allergies are a big reason why many people's eyes begin to water. An eye allergy occurs when allergens cause a reaction from your immune system. This response will cause your eyes to get irritated, leading to itchiness and watering. Dust, pet dander, pollen and molds are a few of the most common allergens. Air pollutants such as smog and smoke can also cause watery eyes.

The wrong prescription

If you wear prescription lenses and you start to experience watery eyes, you should go in and have an eye exam. Your eyes may have changed and wearing the wrong prescription of glasses or contacts can strain your eyes and cause them to water a lot.

Blocked tear ducts

Your tear ducts generally help to drain tears out of your eyes. But your tear ducts can become blocked through injuries and/or infections. Treatments can vary depending on the cause and the severity of the condition. In some cases, eye drops may be used. In other cases, you may require stents to be placed in the ducts to open them.

Drooping eyelids

Some people have eyelids that droop; this is often seen more in elderly people. When the eyelids droop, they don't close the way they should. When eyelids don't close correctly, they won't push tears efficiently to the corners of the eyes where the tear ducts are. This can cause a collection of tears in the eyes which leads to watery eyes.

Eye infections

Eye infections, such as conjunctivitis, will affect your eyes in many ways. An eye infection can cause stinging, pain, redness, itchiness and lead to them being watery. If you have an eye infection, you have to have it treated. The optometrist may give you drops or antibiotics to clear up the infection.

If you have watery eyes, or other symptoms that concern you, then you should get in to see an optometrist, such as those at Dixie Ophthalmic Specialists at Zion Eye Institute, as soon as possible. The sooner they determine the cause, the sooner you can begin the proper treatment.

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