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Watery eyes or a Blocked Tear Duct

Watery eyes can be very incapacitating and embarrassing as well. There are several causes for a watery eye. Your eye may water either because of over production of tears for example a foreign body lodged under your eyelid causing irritation or due to an obstruction to outflow of the tears.

Watery eyes or a Blocked Tear Duct

Blocked tear ducts cause watery eyes, but a watery eye can be due to many other reasons as well.

It could be either due to excessive production of tears or poor drainage of the tears, of which one of the causes is a blocked tear duct.

Excessive tearing may be due to a simple cause like dry eyes, causing excess reflex tearing especially when outdoors. It could be due to a foreign body stuck to the surface of the eye or something stuck to the under surface of the eyelid. A corneal ulcer can also be one of the causes for excess tearing.

Poor drainage of the tears may occur due to blockage of the tear duct anywhere along its passage from the eyelid margin up to its exit into the nasal cavity. The poor drainage may also be due to failure of the lacrimal pump which can happen as a result of eyelid laxity due to paralysis of the orbicularis muscle or laxity due to age or a facial palsy.

Blocked Tear Ducts

These are some of the causes of a watery eye and the treatment depends on the underlying cause.

It’s natural to feel anxious when it comes to treatment and surgical procedures especially in relation to your eyes. I encourage you to ask questions about your condition, so I can help you to be better informed of your condition, the treatment options available and allay any fears that you may have. During the consultation I will explain the procedures to you and help you to make positive choices, and remember there is always the option of doing nothing, so you have nothing to worry about.

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