Is Tearing Something to Be Concerned About
Tears are a necessary component of your eyes health. They provide moisture to help protect them from irritants, keeping your eyes healthy and comfortable with good vision.
Tearing, or watery eyes, may be caused by a number of different issues. For example, infants commonly have a persistent watery eyes as a result of immature tear drainage system. An adult may experience watery eyes due to aging. As the skin ages, the lower eyelids sag away from the eyes which in turn allows tears pool and then suddenly run over the face.
The most common cause is gradual closure of the holes in the lids that carry tears into the nose. Tears are produced on the surface of the eye and then drain through holes in the lids to the nose.This small volume of tears evaporates in the nose all day long although you are not aware of it.
As you age, the holes in the lid become smaller and the tears backup on to the eye. This is a normal part of aging. This problem is painlessly treated in the office by stretching open the holes with a smooth probe. It takes a few minutes and is covered by medical insurance.
Another common condition that can lead to excessive tearing is dry eyes. Contrary to what the name may imply, when eyes dry out they become irritated which leads to the production of a surplus of tears. This occurrence overwhelms the eye's natural drainage system.
Common causes for watery eyes include:
- Closure of the drainage holes in the lids with aging.
- Lids fall away from the eyes and the tears can’t drain down the holes in the lid.
- Eye drops
- Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
If the problem with tearing is persistent and not cured is simple procedures, surgery may be recommended.
If you are concerned as to what may be the cause of your excessive tearing and would like to make an appointment, contact Wilmarth Eye and Laser Center at (916) 850-3060 today!
Serving the Greater Sacramento area, Lincoln, Rocklin and Folsom.