Watery eyes are a very common problem, particularly in colder environments. Often times watery eyes are caused by dry eyes. This may sound confusing, but excessive tearing is often the body's natural response to the surface of the eye being too dry. When the cornea becomes dry the brain receives a signal to produce tears. Unfortunately these tears, called reactive tears, are the wrong formulation. They are saltier than normal tears and often run down the cheek causing red irritated skin around the eyes. It is very common for the eyes to tear immediately after walking outside in the cold, especially if it is also windy. The natural tear film that coats the surface of our eye evaporates more quickly in the cold causing the lacrimal glad to produce reactive tears to coat the eye.
The best way to prevent watery eyes is to use preservative free eye drops like Oasis tears or TheraTears at least 4 times daily in both eyes to supplement your natural tears. Warm compress may also aid in expressing oils from the glands on the eyelids which prevent the tears from evaporating so quickly.
Watery eyes may also be caused by other issues, like pink eye. If your eyes also appear significantly red, your vision is blurred, you have any discharge or significant pain you should schedule an appointment to determine the true cause.
Dr. Ward and Dr Philpy regularly diagnose and treat eye injuries, infections, inflammations, burning, redness, pain, sensitivity, pink eye and remove foreign bodies from the eye.
Our doctors can treat, prescribe medication for and manage many different eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy.
Diagnosis and Referral
For eye conditions like cataracts, retinal tears and retinal detachments that may require surgical or specialized care, our Optometrists provide initial diagnosis as well as referral, co-management and follow-up care in coordination with an Ophthalmologist.
Many eye problems like glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy don't have obvious symptoms in their early stages. Changes in vision are often so gradual that you unconsciously adjust to your sight without realizing your vision has changed. You may think you are seeing as well as you were a year ago and don’t have problems, but you can't be sure until you've had your eyes thoroughly examined.