There are two main reasons that your eyes are constantly watering: either you are producing too many tears, or your eyes are draining your tears poorly. Watery eyes aren’t exactly harmful to your body, but they can definitely be irritating! Let’s discuss the causes of watering eyes and what can be done to help stop overly-watery eyes.
If your eyes are producing too many tears, it is probably because of either irritation or inflammation of the eye’s surface. There are a few things that might be causing eye irritation or inflammation.
- Dry Eye—it may seem counterintuitive, but dry eye can actually lead to excess watering. Because your eye’s surface is so dry, your tear ducts attempt to overcompensate and end up watering to correct the dryness. Dry eye usually also causes the eyes to itch. There are many causes of dry eye including the climate, certain medications, excessive use of contact lenses, and more.
- Allergies—allergies can cause all sorts of eye-related symptoms. They can cause swelling, itching, red eyes, and watering eyes. The most common eye allergens include pollen, mold, dust, pet dander, and other airborne particles.
- Blepharitis—blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids. This happens when the eyelids form dandruff-like scales due to either bacteria or skin conditions. The inflammation of the eyelids can cause your eyes to become red, itchy, and irritated, which causes them to water to attempt to correct the problem
The other reason your eyes might be watering is that there is poor drainage for your tears. If your tear drainage duct becomes blocked or if drainage openings are narrow or displaced, normal tear drainage function can fail, and your eyes will become watery.
What can you do?
Luckily all of the problems above can be treated! Eye drops, warm compresses, and some medications can often help excess tear production. Your individual case should be examined by our ophthalmologist, Dr. Mitch Jackson, to determine the best course of treatment. If there is a problem with tear drainage, the answer might be surgical. If this is the case, Jacksoneye will be able to help as well! Come in for a consultation for your watery or irritated eyes to see what we can do.