Help! Why are my Eyes so Watery?
- Posted on: Jan 15 2018
If you suffer from heavy tearing or redness and swelling around the eyes or nose, you may have a blocked tear duct. Blocked tear ducts happen when tear ducts fail to open properly to drain tears. The duct will fill up with liquid and become swollen or irritated. Blocked tear ducts are most common in infants but they can become a problem at any age.
What causes a blocked tear duct?
A blocked tear duct occurs when the thin tissue at the end of the tear duct will not open properly. Closed or underdeveloped openings at the corner of the eye can also cause issues with tear drainage. Infections or abnormal nasal bone growth can contribute to blocked tear duct problems as well. Blocked tear ducts can also result from an injury around the eye or problems from surgery that took place near the nose or eyes.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms usually impact only one eye. Heavy tearing is a strong indicator of a blocked tear duct and will either make your eye look wet or cause tears to constantly run down your face. A white or yellow buildup at the corners of the eyes or redness and swelling around the eyes or nose are also indicators. If you have an upper respiratory illness, your blocked tear duct symptoms will get worse. Weather such as wind, extreme cold or sunlight can also exacerbate symptoms.
How is it treated?
Infants who have blocked tear ducts do not typically require treatment. Their condition should clear up within a few days. To help prevent blocked tear ducts or lessen the pain associated with them, consider the following:
- Keep the eye area clean by using a warm compress to wipe away drainage.
- If your doctor recommends it, softly massage the blocked area to hinder buildup in the tear duct.
- Limit your time in the sun, wind, or cold.
- Wash your hands before and after you touch your eyes.
Treatment also depends on the severity and cause of the blockage. Antibiotics or surgery may be required as part of your individual treatment.
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