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Watering Eyes

Watering eyes

Watering eyes are a common problem, especially in older people over the age of 60, and in babies (0-12 months of age). Our eyes need to produce a certain amount of tears to ensure that they stay moist and comfortable. However, some people can experience unstoppable tears streaming down their cheeks, which isn’t necessarily the result of watching ‘Beaches’ or seeing the England team lose another World Cup semi-final. Eyes produce extra tears to wash away any irritants, which can include fumes, an infection such as conjunctivitis, a scratch, a piece of grit, or an inwardly growing eyelash (also called an entropion). But the most common cause of watering eyes is a blocked or narrowed tear duct, which can be due to inflammation. Treatment for watering eyes depends on the cause, and whether it is actually a problem. Inwardly growing eyelashes and foreign objects in the eye can be removed, while infections can be treated with prescription eye drops.

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I have had problems with my eyes for years, they are always tired and irritated, when I'm at work people always tell me I look miserable and tired but I'm not lol, even been on the sick from work a few times as they've been really bad, I've tried loads of eye drops but they haven't worked, any other ideas what to do? thanks in advance.





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I have got conjunctivitis in my left eye and it is really itchy and painful





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I had an infection in my throat & chest 9 weeks ago ( a common cold also) since then my eyes have not stopped streaming. it is not allergies and they are not sore or dry just very watery and tears are constantly flowing out of both of them. there is no improvement, any advice of what it may be?





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Have been to the Ophthalmologist once a month for over a year for constantly watering eyes. I have been given numerous eye drops, had me tear ducts checked, etc. They couldn't find a thing to explain it & the Dr. grew inpatient with me & finally discharged me. I just want an explanation as to why this suddenly began. I am 58 yrs. old female. You will know who I am because I will be the lady holding the tissues to her eyes. I'm very upset with the Drs. who blow this annoying problem off.





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I sympathise with your problem. I am same age and been dealing with this for years. Becomes embarrassing that people think I am crying. Thought it was just me.

I have had this for 20y, one doc say its over active tear ducts, another say dry eyes, glad I didn't go regarding an heart attack, I think most,will agree that they are tears, I can taste the salt in mine, The liquid that keeps the eye clean is not salty, as that would make your eyes sore, never thought of when it happens, sometimes forget about it, then as said , wam, all day for 2-3 +, other times just 2 - 3 times and gone,





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I'm 23 years old and had this problem for 3 years now. I've been on multiple different drops, allergy tested and stopped using cosmetics for short periods of time to see if there was improvement - nothing. Eye specialists don't have a clue, and have discharged me even though no progress what so ever. I don't think they seem to understand how annoying and depressing this can really be. As a young girl it can be literally impossible to apply make up, and the amount my eyes water I can barely even see sometimes. :(! I studied photography at uni, and this really did effect my studies.





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Omg, snap, I have had this problem for 12 months now,it's true,my gap doesn't have a clue and my eye specialist ,they don't no what the cause is or just cant be bothered but still getting payed. I also have had eye drops after eye drops and antibiotics.

I can totally relate! I am 15 years old and have suffered with watering eyes for around 18 months. I use to love wearing eye liner and other eye make up and I can't wear any of it, I feel like it has ruined my life and do get quite depressed about it. My self confidence has fallen dramatically. Been to the doctors repeated times and they blame it on hayfever, yet my eyes water all year round! It is ridiculous. And definitely effects my school work, sometimes my eyes water so much I can't see or if not I'm distracted in lesson cos I'm constanstly wiping my eyes. In the winter I tend to get red marks all around my eyes and my eyes can swell up, it can be very painful. :( Wouldn't wish it on anyone.

I'm 16 years old, my eyes water water and water I try not to rub them because it's bad for your eyes wat shall Ido





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get some eye drops or get some hot and some salt mix together and carefully wash your eyes using a cotton bud this worked for me

Can you please give more detail please. My wife and I are completely stumped on this problem. We to have been to the eye doctor and no relief.

I am 19 and I use to have watery eyes now and then and thought nothing of it as I could still continue with my life. But for the past 6 months my eyes have constantly been watering that I have to carry a tissue with me at all times! People just think I'm always crying and it can be embarrassing. I feel like my vision is a bit blurred and my eyes are now a bit sticky. It's so annoying to have, does anyone have any solutions to help it for now?!





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I have EXACTLY the same thing and the doctors can't seem to come up with any solution! I'm the same age and they watered randomly about once a year but this year they have not stopped for nearly 5 months now. I do have days when they don't and I forget and then bam! It's so frustrating and I've tried every drop and hayfever tablet, there are days when I can walk through gale force winds and nothing will happen and other days when I can be sat in a cool dry room and one will start, it's normally my left but the right one sometimes joins in, someone help please x

are any of the above chronic cannabis users? If so this can be linked to excessive use. Cut down, you should start to notice changes within 4-6 weeks. (speaking from experience)





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I am 54 yrs of age...totally against drugs.. I have never taken them. But I have the most annoying watering eyes with some burning,.. morning I have sandpaper eyes.it started about 3 months ago.. It was my left eye initially, now both! Please!! Help.. Thanks

I am 30 years of age, a Nigerian by name Raymond. I am having this issue of watering eyes and I need a prompt solution, someone should please help. Thanks in advance.





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