Tear production is important for eye health. Dust and other foreign particles can get in your eyes, and tears wash them away. Tears also help prevent eye infections. Blinking gives the glands under your eyelids the chance to moisten your eyes. Tears don’t dry quickly because other glands in your eyes produce oils.
When your tear ducts produce too many tears, your eyes become watery. But what causes your tear ducts to overwhelm your eyes with tears? There are several possible causes behind watery eyes.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Ironically, dry eye syndrome, which leads to extremely dry eyes, can lead to watery eyes. As the glands in your eyes detect that your eyes lack lubrication, they can overreact and produce more tears to compensate. This leads to watery eyes.
Dry eye syndrome is a product of the lack of balance of water, oils and salt in your tears.
Weather conditions can also cause watery eyes. If the air is dusty, the wind is strong, the climate is too cold, or it’s extremely sunny, your tear ducts may react by producing more tears. The presence of smog and exposure to bright lights can also cause watery eyes.
Tired eyes can also produce more tears than normal.
Allergic reactions, such as a reaction to pollen, are known to cause watery eyes. Sinus problems and the common cold are also known culprits.
If your eyes have an infection, such as pink eye or conjunctivitis, they may become watery.
A host of other causes may also give you watery eyes. Some of them are:
- Blepharitis, which is an inflammation of the eyelid
- Trichiasis, or an ingrown eyelash
- An injury close to the eye, such as a cut
- Ectropion, or an eyelid that’s turned outward
- Entropion, or an eyelid turned inward
- A blocked tear duct
- Some prescription medicines
- Some treatments for cancer, like chemotherapy and radiation therapy
- Chemicals, gases or liquids
Advanced Eyecare Consultants are here to help if you need an optometrist. Get in touch with us if you need more information about watery eyes or if the condition persists. Call us at (847) 438-7700 or at (847) 680-8484. You can also fill out our patient form. We can help residents of Gurnee and Vernon Hills, IL.