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Watery Eyes (Epiphora)

What is Epiphora (watery eyes)

With each blink, tears drain into the lacrimal sac, travel down through the nasolacrimal duct and into the nose. Sometimes an obstruction develops in this duct and tears cannot reach the nose. The blocked tears back up into the eye, causing an overflow of tears that may be troubling or embarrassing.
Symptoms of Excessive Tearing can include:

  • Constant or intermittent watery eyes
  • Lid irritation
  • Matted eyelashes
  • Mucous or pus-like discharge from the tear duct

What causes epiphora?

Possible Causes of Excessive Tearing

  • Dry Eye
  • Corneal Disease
  • Ectropion
  • Entropion
  • Blockage of the tear drainage system

How is it treated?

A series of tests will be performed to help determine if you have a nasolacrimal obstruction. If our surgeon determines that your excess tearing is due to an obstruction, they may recommend a procedure called Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR). DCR reconnects your tear drainage pathways to the inside of the nose so tears can drain properly.