Watery Eyes? It May Not Be What You Think

Jan 1, 2024

If you’re like most people, you probably associate watery eyes with tearing up when you cry, watch a sad movie, or have allergies. But did you know that dry eye syndrome can also cause watery eyes? It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s true! In this blog post, we’ll talk about why dry eye can cause watery eyes and what you can do to treat this condition. 

What is dry eye syndrome? 

Dry eye syndrome is when your eyes don’t make enough tears, or the tears evaporate too quickly. This can lead to itchiness, redness, and inflammation of the eye. In some cases, your eyes will respond to this irritation by producing more tears, resulting in watery eyes. These reflex tears are not the same as the tears your body normally produces to lubricate your eyes. These tears are of poor quality and can actually make your eyes feel drier.  

Other causes of watery eyes 

Dry eye syndrome isn’t the only cause of watery eyes. If you have seasonal allergies, you might notice that your eyes get watery and itchy during certain times of the year. Eye infections, corneal abrasions, and tear duct problems can also cause excessive tearing. If your eyes keep watering, it’s important to see an eye doctor to rule out any underlying problems. 

How to treat watery eyes 

The right treatment for watery eyes depends on what’s causing the issue. If you have dry eye syndrome, our eye doctor might suggest eye drops, warm compresses, or lifestyle changes. For more severe cases, we may recommend an in-office procedure to unclog your tear ducts and promote better tear production. If it’s allergies, antihistamines or allergy shots can provide relief. In some cases, you might need antibiotics for infections or steroids for inflammation. 

Don’t let watery eyes interfere with your daily activities and eye health. If you think you have dry eye syndrome or suspect any other issues, book an appointment with Southern Eye Centers in Baton Rouge and Plaquemine. Our eye doctors specialize in diagnosing and treating dry eye syndrome and will recommend the best treatment for your needs. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment.