When you blink, the glands in your eyelids will produce a small number of tears to moisturize your sense of sight and get rid of foreign objects. You produce more tears when you yawn, laugh out loud, or cry. However, some people may experience watery eyes regularly.
Apart from the saline fluid (tears), other glands in the eyelids also produce oil. This substance can prevent tears from evaporating too quickly.
Causes of Watery Eyes
Watery eyes can occur when the oil-producing glands don't work properly. This makes the tears evaporate quickly and makes them dry out faster. Dry eyes are what stimulates excess tear production, causing watery eyes. Watery eyes can also occur because of a blockage in the tear ducts.
Various conditions can cause watery eyes, including:
- Whether or environmental factors around the eyes, such as smoke, wind, or too bright light.
- There is a foreign object or irritating chemical in the eye.
- Inflammation of the eyelids.
- Infection of one part of the eye as in conjunctivitis.
- The lashes grow inward or outward.
- Drug side effects.
- Certain diseases, thyroid disorders, chronic sinusitis, tumors, and Bell's palsy.
- Radiation therapy side effects.
Watery eyes are also associated with age. This condition is common in babies and people over 60 years of age.
How to Overcome Watery Eyes
Mostly, watery eyes do not require special treatment as they get better on their own. But sometimes, this condition can become a problem that interferes with activities and feelings of comfort, requiring special handling.
Here are some ways to deal with watery eyes according to the cause:
- Compressing your eyes with a warm wet towel several times a day can help clear blocked tear ducts.
- Eye drops you can use to treat dry eyes.
- Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics to treat watery eyes caused by conjunctivitis or eye infections.
- If the cause is allergies, taking antihistamine drugs can help overcome it.
- Medical action can be done to treat ingrown lashes or remove foreign objects in the eye.
- Your doctor may recommend a surgical route if there is a blockage in your tear duct.
Watery eyes in babies are usually caused by blockage of the tear ducts. Usually, a blockage of the tear ducts in babies can get better on its own without special treatment.
However, you can speed up healing by massaging the tear ducts using a clean index finger. Do a gentle massage on the side of your baby's nose, near the inner corner of his eye. Direct the massage towards the nostrils. This massage can be done several times per day for several months.
However, if the condition has not improved, surgery may be an option.
In fact, treatment may not be necessary if watery eyes do not interfere with your daily activities. However, consult an eye doctor immediately if you experience prolonged watery eyes accompanied by pain, redness, irritation, bleeding, bruising around the eyes, severe headaches, vision problems, or even make you unable to see at all.