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Occasional Watery Eyes
Can hay fever cause me to feel occasional pain in eyes? I have no other symptoms (itchy/watery eyes) but i've had hay fever symptoms in the past?
Tears out of proportion. Eyes need tear film to keep the cornea clear of any local or environmental foreign materials. The tears are produced by local as well as accessory lacrimal glands and are constantly being replaced by evaporation or suction by the nasolacrimal system into the nose. Watery eyes can result from many causes, some of which being too much production ...Read more
Watery eyes: Watery eyes can be suggestive of allergy but also of dry eyes. If the eyes are itchy it is more suggestive of allergy. If you have a gritty or sandy feeling , then dry eyes are most likely. The use of otc ocular lubricants/tears can sometimes be helpful.. For allergy, there are otc allergy eye drops that can be tried. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dry eye syndrome: The most common cause of watery eyes is dry eye syndrome. It seems paradoxical, but what happens is this. The eye is chronically dry and makes a flood of tears. Try using some over the counter artificial tears two to four times per day. If this does not help, then make an appointment with an ophthalmologist (eye md) who can evaluate and treat your watery eyes. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: Epiphora, or watery eyes in medical jargon can be due to a variety of causes. These can be boiled down to those that cause too much tear production such as ocular irritation and watering due to insufficient drainage of tears such as cases of nasolacrimal duct obstruction. So, the solution to the watery eyes depends on the root cause. Many good treatments exist for most causes of epiphora. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: Contacts float on a layer of tears and some degree of water on the eye surface is essential. But if the watering is excessive and there is no redness or change in vision, then you might have a tear outflow problem. Hopefully you have maintained the proper contact wear and cleaning schedule. Discuss this with your contact lense fitter if this persists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tearing eyes: Tears out of proportion. Eyes need tear film to keep the cornea clear of any local or environmental foreign materials. The tears are produced by local as well as accessory lacrimal glands and are constantly being replaced by evaporation or suction by the nasolacrimal system into the nose. Watery eyes can result from many causes, some of which being too much production or resistance to outflow. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably dry: A common reason for eyes to be watery in the mornings only is dryness which is exaggerated at night when the tear flow drops during sleep. If you do not have visual changes, pain, redness or swelling, then this is the likely reason. You might try applying otc eye ointment in each eye just before sleep. ...Read more
Cloudy and watery: if the vision is only affected when the eyes are watering, then this is less concerning. If the tears don't contain enough oil, the surface of the cornea dries out and becomes irritated. This cause the tear gland under the upper lid to secrete more tears, but the oil content is still inadequate so this is what causes the excessive watering. This is called "dry eye syndrome". Allergy is also possib ...Read more
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