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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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My eyes are constantly sore, they just randomly start watering, and at night they water a lot and then my eyes become itchy, I think it might be my contact lenses, or that ive had conjunctivitis before and its probably fighting it, im not sure





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i just had watery when outside for the last 9weeks d sometimes cannot see the ball for my eyes watering my eyelids swell and get red and sore from rubbing them. at first I thought it was an allergy to my hair colour but I have been doing that for years please can anybody help my hairdresser will not colour my hair till I get it sorted grey roots don't look good.





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Hi, do you wear contact lenses or have had conjunctivitis before because I have the exact same problem as you, I just try not to itch them, and splash my face with water. If you wear contact lenses, make sure you dont spray deodrant in the same room that your putting them in as it can cause iritation. Also, dont itch one eye then itch the other because you could have an infection and then you would be spredding it across to your other eye which isnt fun, trust me, I know.

I have watery eyes that seem to have gotten worse with the onset of winter. As soon as they water they irritate the outside corners of my eyes and it becomes very red itchy and raw. I thought it was possibly food allergies and tried eliminating several foods to no avail. The doctor said it was a duct issue as well and just gave me drops and steroid cream for the skin. He also gave me the eye bags that you heat up and then rest on eyes to help loosen clogged tear ducts. After a month of use still no improvement. Then something miraculous happened. I went to Mexico for vacation and within two days my eyes stopped watering and skin cleared. It was wonderful. I spent seven weeks there and NEVER had any problems. I ate any and all kinds of food as well. In fact I forgot that I ever even had an issue. Till yesterday. I returned to Canada. Within 24 hours I noticed the watering begin again. And now this morning the corners of my eyes are itchy and raw as well. Well the obvious solution is to return to Mexico but that's not happening. So I've ruled out food allergies. I haven't been outside at all since my return so I now know it is related to my household conditions. It could just be the dryness of the climate. I also have pets but possibly it is a dust mite issue as well. However with dust mites they say NOT to introduce humidity to house as that makes it worse. So people I don't have a solution yet but for me I have narrowed it down somewhat more to certain environmental conditions which I hope may help one of you. There is one other thingnibdid differently in Mexico. I had begun a round of progesterone just prior to leaving for Mexico to help with some peri menopausal issues. It cleared up all my menopausal issues and possibly watery eyes just happened to be cleared up by them as well. I ran out of my prescription 5 days before leaving Mexico. So is it a coincidence. Not sure.





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Hi, recently my left eye were bloodshot for a week and very painful, I used a hot rag on it which helped with the pain and redness until it got better. But then that same eye started to produce very sticky tears for one week and then both of than now, there is no discharge just clear sticky tears and slewing on the eyelid.





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I have exactly the same problem, my eyes water when talking to friends and family, i say i have allegies!.. i find it embarrassing and i find i think it all the time..so any help with this problem would be great...!





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My eyes water uncontrollably in the winter. I don't see any redness and I don't think there is any irritant. Its uncomfortable and embarrassing. Only happens outside and is almost immediate.

I have several downward growing eyelashes that bother the living crap out of me. It's constantly there all the time in sight, also in the corner of one of my eyes I have a sensation from time to time of something in my eye (that is until it drives me crazy enough to start pulling until I get them)...which inevitably leads to me losing far more eyelashes than looks normal on a person. I really don't know what else to do because I can't seem to get them with tweezers because they're too small or too close to the eye. Any solutions?...it's been bugging me for several years!





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My ears have been watering for about a year and a half. I've taken allergy medicine but it doesn't help. I'm only 14 and so I'm not sure if anything else is safe for me. Any suggestions?





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i had this trouble BAD and found that the only thing that helped me was eye ointment. i just use equate. it is non prescrip. i put a drop of it in the corner of my eyes and along bottom and rub it in good. sometimes lasts several days

Thanks. I've just started taking eye drops for contact lense wearers but works for me even though I don't wear lenses. My eyes dont water unless I don't take it.

I have watering in my right eye.The only thing that makes it better is drops that have an antibiotic and steroid. Can't use this long term.Three eye specialists says dry eye but it gets better with drops and after using for five days it does good about two weeks and starts over again.Don't know what else to do.





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I am in exactly the same boat. I'm at the end if my rope at this stage. Fml steroid drops clear up. But it's not a permanent solution. I'd love to know if you've discovered a cure. Pls let me know

Hi Guys, I just thought of sharing my treatment of watering eye problem. This problem genrally occurs due to blockage in lycramal duct obstruction i.e your tear gland is blocked. My left eye was watering since 7 years and finally i got it operated and now since 1 year this problem is cured. Its very important to get it cured because the gland may also get tumor because of continuous watering.While watering some may have pain or some may not have pain or irritation. But for long term this is very bad for our face. I thought of sharing this as many of us our guided wrongly in this matter. We think its a eye problem but actually its dutc problem.





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My eyes have been watery and painful around the tear duct also my bottom eyelid. Its quite bad when I'm in bright lights however when I'm in the dark it dies down a bit. I've tried optrex eye spray but it's not done anything. What should I use to calm it down?





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Hi, I had a similar eye problem. This is called tear duct blockage. you should visit the doctor asap. I had this problem since 7 years and i finally got an endonasal suregory done. The doctor was very expereinced and now its been a year I dont cry anymore. Regards, Nikki





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