Watch out for Watery Eyes: Causes, Symptoms, Treatment.
Excessive production of tears from the eyes results in a condition called epiphora or watery eyes. Although tears provide lubrication, nourishment, and maintenance to the fore-most membrane of the eye, too many of them can interfere with the vision and limit the ability to see clearly.
Age is no bar when it comes to this problem. However, epiphora is frequently diagnosed in infants under a year or in older adults over 60 years of age.
When we laugh, cry, cough or yawn, it is normal for our eyes to produce tears.
But if one experiences excess tearing without any reason, it could be a case of dry eye syndrome. Eyes that are extremely dry and irritated force the tear glands to produce more tears to provide nourishment and hydration. Dry eyes signal the glands that the eyes are not lubricated and this results in an overproduction of tears.
Other reasons could be an imbalance of water, salt, and oils, in the eyes. This too results in irritation and overproduction of tears that will gush out of the glands.
Weather conditions like dusty, windy, cold, or sunny can also result in watery eyes. When we step outside in cold temperatures, our eyes begin to water as a reaction to the shrinking temperature. The cold air results in the evaporation of tears and our eyes will be left with a thinner cushion of tears.
Environmental factors such as smog – When smoke combines with the moisture in the atmosphere, it results in smog that irritates the human eyes. Unlike sand and dust particles, the particles of air pollution are not visible to the human eye. Researchers and scientists have also discovered a significant correlation between air pollutants and other eye diseases like conjunctivitis.
Common cold, sinus, and allergies can also be a cause. When we are down with a cold, the infection-fighting white blood cells (wbc) in our blood inflame the lining of the nasal cavity, known as the nasal mucosa. WBCs dilate the blood vessels in the area and cause nasal congestion and rhinorrhea (runny nose). The same thing will happen in the tear duct; tears from the eye will transport to the nose and cause clogging of the ducts. All of this, will result in an accumulation of tears in the eye. Thus, our eyes are watery, secreting tears excessively when we are down with a cold or allergy.
Other reasons to keep an eye on:
Symptoms to keep in mind:
Treating watery eyes will depend on the cause and its severity.
Sometimes, eye doctors may suggest you to wait and monitor how the condition progresses. In other cases, doctors may recommend one of the following treatments:
At a first glance, watery eyes may seem like a condition that does not need much attention, but for some, tears flowing down the face for no reason can prove to be a major irritation.
Make sure you consult and talk to an eye-specialist if your watery-eyes don’t show any improvement after a few days.