Jan 1, 2024 | Dry Eye

Watery Eyes? The Cause May Surprise You

Are your eyes constantly watery? Watery eyes are a common issue for many people, especially as they get older. You might think it’s just allergies or a change in the weather, but did you know that dry eye syndrome can also cause watery eyes? It may sound strange, but it’s true! In this blog, we’ll explain why dry eye syndrome can cause watery eyes and how you can treat it. 

What is dry eye syndrome? 

Dry eye syndrome happens when your eyes don’t produce enough tears or poor-quality tears. It can cause symptoms like itchiness, redness, burning, and, of course, watery eyes. Many factors can increase your risk of dry eye, including hormonal changes, certain medications, and aging. In fact, getting older is one of the main reasons why tear production decreases and dry eye syndrome occurs. Environmental factors like dry air, wind, air conditioning, and high heat can also lead to dry eye.  

How does dry eye cause watery eyes?  

While watery eyes may seem counterintuitive, it’s a common symptom of dry eye. Your eyes tear up excessively because they’re trying to make up for the lack of natural tears. However, these tears are different from the ones your eyes typically produce. They don’t have a chemical structure that coats the eyes, meaning they evaporate too quickly and leave the eyes dry again. 

Treatment for dry eye syndrome 

Treatment for dry eye syndrome depends on what’s causing it and how severe it is. For milder cases, your eye doctor might suggest using over-the-counter eye drops to relieve discomfort. Lifestyle changes such as taking frequent breaks from screens and using a humidifier at home may also help. If your dry eye is severe or chronic, however, you might need prescription eye drops, tear duct plugs, or, in rare cases, surgery. 

If you’re suffering from dry eye symptoms, it’s important to see your eye doctor for a thorough eye exam. Ignoring dry eye syndrome can cause damage to your cornea and even lead to vision loss. Early diagnosis and treatment can help relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and find out if dry eye is to blame for your watery eyes.