- Dry eye syndrome is a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. Oddly enough, one of the most common causes of watery eyes or excess tearing is dry eyes. One of the main tests for excess tearing is to check whether the eyes are too dry.
- Tear production decreases as we age and tends to affect post-menopausal women
more. Dry eyes usually affect both the eyes; eyes feel hot, irritated, gritty to blink and may become slightly red. Some medicines (such as sleeping medicines, antihistamines and some medicines for high blood pressure) can cause or worsen dry eyes.
- As a thumb rule over-the-counter eye drops should not be used for more than 3 to 5 days because they can cause dry eyes.
- Hair dryers (or other sources of air such as car heaters or fans) should not be directed toward the eyes.
- Wear glasses on windy days and goggles when swimming to protect the eyes.
- Using a preservative-free artificial tear preparation lessens dryness but seek medical care if the condition persists.
- Your eyes may actually water in response to dryness and irritation and lead to watery eyes. Excessive watering can result from infections, or allergic reaction to preservatives in eye drops or contact lens solutions. Watery eyes also can result from blockage in the ducts that drain tears to the inside of your nose. Overflow tears can cause even more eye irritation and tearing.
- Don’t rub your eyes. Applying a warm compress over closed eyelids two to four times a day for 10 minutes provides relief