Do you experience watery eyes that you have to dab your eyelids frequently with an handkerchief or tissue? You will agree with me that this can be very embarrassing especially when you are in public. Watery eyes is a problem which results from excessive tear production or poor tear drainage. Our bodies produce tears to keep our eyes lubricated and remove foreign bodies but if excess tear fluid is produced and there is poor tear drainage, it will lead to watery eyes. Watery eyes isn’t harmful but can be irritating. Here are some other possible reasons that can lead to watery eyes and remedies that can be put to use.
Allergies: Millions of people respond on exposure to an allergen and this begins to irritate their eyes especially when ignored for too long. Some of these allergens include fur, nuts, dander, mites, fumes which can turn the eyes red, itchy and teary because of the irritation. In this case anti histamines eye drops are used to relieve inflammation and reduce irritation
Conjunctivitis(pink eyes): Red or pink eye can cause irritation thereby producing excessive tears. It is usually accompanied with itching, swelling and discharge. Red eyes can be caused by bacteria, virus or allergies and so treatment depends on the causative agent concerned. Also, be sure to keep your hands away from your eyes, and wash them with warm soapy water before and after you apply medicine. Don’t share towels, washcloths, or anything else that touches your eyes.
Blocked tear ducts: Every eye has a tear sac and a duct through which tears comes up from to wash the eyes but if these ducts are blocked, there is a build-up of fluid which won’t be able to drain and cause watery eyes. In this case, you should see a doctor who would flush the duct with saline then insert tiny balloons or tubes to open up the blockages. You might need surgery to build a new drain.
Dry eyes: When your eyes are dried perhaps due to autoimmune conditions you are likely to experience irritation, pain, redness and some visual problems. In mild cases, artificial tears are usually administered to make up for the natural tears. You can also take prescription drugs to relieve inflammation or help create tears. Other options include inserts that act like artificial tear glands or a combination of light therapy and eye massage but if condition worsens it is better to see a doctor.
Eye lid problems: If your eyelid sags or droop, this will prevent tears flowing out of the eyes the way they should. This could cause irritation and swelling if this continues. Sometimes the eyelids can grow inwardly thus irritating the eyes and causing excessive tearing. artificial tears are usually prescribed while in worse cases surgery is advised.
Bumps on the eyelid: Bumps on the eyelid rarely hurt but can cause irritation which can lead to watery eyes. Bumps can be in form of stye or chalazion. To treat an eyelid bump, soak a clean washcloth in hot water and hold it to your eyelid for 10-15 minutes. Do this 3 to 5 times a day. You may also gently massage around a chalazion with a clean finger. If that doesn’t help, your doctor might prescribe antibiotics or a steroid shot to ease the swelling of a chalazion or drain it.
Ingrown Eyelashes :When your eyelashes grow inward, they rub against your eye. This irritates it and causes extra tears. Your doctor might pull out an ingrown lash or suggest surgery to remove the lash permanently. If you don’t get treatment, you could get more serious problems like cornea scratches and ulcers.
Cornea problems: Trauma to the cornea which is a delicate part of the eye can result in ulcer. the cornea can also get inflamed leading to watery eyes and other vision problems. when the cornea is affected, it can cause watery eyes, redness, pain and extreme sensitivity to light. To treat it, rinse your eye with saline solution, blink several times, or pull your upper eyelid over your lower eyelid. Any of these steps may wash out the object that’s causing you problems. But see a doctor to avoid an infection.