Tears are produced by the glands under the skin of your upper eyelids to keep your eyes stay moist when you blink and to wash away specks of dust or any foreign particle. To ensure adequate lubrication, other glands near your eye produce oils to keep tears from spilling out of your eyes or evaporating faster.
However, many people experience watery eyes, which happens when the eyes produce too many tears that the tear ducts become overwhelmed. Eye & Vision Care, your go-to eye care center for your lenses and contacts prescriptions, provides a quick overview of this common occurrence.
Causes of Watery Eyes
It is normal for your eyes to produce tears excessively when you are experiencing strong taste sensations, coughing, yawning, vomiting or feeling emotional. However, this can also lead to dry eyes, especially if your eyes don’t receive enough lubrication. It can also be a result of tears that lack the necessary components like water, salt or oils.
In addition to dryness in your eyes, watery eyes are also linked to other symptoms and conditions. Too much screen time can lead to eye strain, causing your eyes to produce more tears. You might also have an existing condition like eyelid inflammation or blepharitis, pink eye or conjunctivitis, or other infections. Watery eyes go away on their own when the cause is addressed; however, you may need to undergo an eye exam if it becomes a chronic problem.
When to Call Your Eye Doctor
Visit your eye doctor as soon as possible if your watery eyes fail to improve on their own after a long period. Do the same if you experience this alongside certain symptoms such as visual disturbances, eye discharge, eye injury and other issues accompanied by a severe headache.
For your eye care needs, turn to Eye & Vision Care. In addition to annual eye exams and eyewear prescriptions, we also specialize in orthokeratology and dry eye treatments. Call (703) 910-5952 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve residents of South Riding, VA, and the surrounding communities.