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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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Sorry John, ive found no solution, i know its not blocked ducts, but i find anti histamines do help a little. Maybe its psychological! but i know its a pain and annoying.





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My eyes keep watering lately and seem to be a little red but ive recently started using a new mascara but I take make up off at night n my eyes seem to water most at night im confused what should I do?? Please help thanks





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For the past 3 days i've had a serious blocked nose. I just can't seem to shift it, i honestly think it's something to do with my sinuses. I have taken Olbas oil and inhaled minted strong water and nothing does the trick. What do I do? I can barely breathe.





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If you have a cat I will put my head on a block that is the cause!I love my cat and cuddle him when I am at home and suffer the eye thing.When I go away for a few days my eye problem clears completely.





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Me too and the tears stream so badly when I'm outdoors that it affects my vision. I was told it was dry eyes with watching the computer screen for long periods without blinking. now that I remember to blink frequently it has helped. Also artificial teardrops from Boots has helped too. Good luck.





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My eyes have been very sore and dry for almost 5 years and nothing I try seem to help can you help me it's really get me down they told me at the hospital my tear ducks don't work





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Why does my eye water all the time it hurts i have tryed to see if their is something in my eye flushesit with water still does it i wear glasses it bother me been like this for 2weeks ihave coldd sores too on lips mouth help me





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Has anyone figured out a solution???





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Hi my left eye is always watering uncontrollably.whether I'm outside or at home it still continues watering. It gets very itcy inside the tearduct and around the tearduct and it has become very sore due to rubbing it constantly and wiping away the tears. I've had this problem for about 3 months nowI have not visited the doctors about the problem because it had stopped for a couple of weeks however my left has recently started watering again. The reason I didn't look the problem up with doctors is because it had stopped watering and I thought it was due to the changing of the seasons and influced by my hayfever.





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Hi, I have had watering eyes for 3 1/2 yrs now. It started suddenly with my right eye. Just filled with water and couldn't get it to stop. Eye doc said dry eye. Well other eye started and since then have been to 6 different eye docs. Almost every eye drop out there and no improvement. I went to new doc, took me off drops and did irrigation. Took awhile but finally got fluid out of left eye. Right eye regurrigated so now planned probing. since the irrigation eyes are not watering as much but come an go. Anyone else similar situation? I hate this and have suffered for years!





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I also have had it for years. I work in an office. I have sat in meetings my eyes start stream, then i have people asking if im ok. I hope u find a cure but plz leave me know as i have tried everything. Take care





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Watering eye is a condition where tears are produced without any obvious explanation. The medical name is epiphora. Read More »

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