Ailments & Remedies

Ailments List

Watery Eye



Watery eyes happen when the tear duct over produces tears and the drainage is less effective. It may be caused by blockage of the tear duct, conjunctivitis, foreign particles in the eye, infection, inward growing eyelashes, allergies and irritants.



Some of the most common causes of a watery eye can be a blockage of the tear duct and the age related changes that may occur to the eyelids wherein the muscles and tendons of the eyelids may become more relaxed causing pooling of tears at the corner of the eyes. Infection of the eye, minor irritations, extremely dry eyes, allergies and some underlying medical conditions (e.g. a thyroid disorder) might also be causes for watery eyes. Conjunctivitis, corneal ulcers, foreign particles in the eye and misdirected lashes can be other possible causes. Blepharitis (is a dandruff- like substance present on the eyelids that can enter the eye and disrupt the tearing mechanism) and abrasions may also cause this condition. Some people may experience excessive tearing when doing things like yawning, laughing or vomiting. 



The major symptom of a watery eye is increased tearing in either or both eyes. This condition may be aggravated on exposure to cold windy weather. A person may have a blurred vision, irritated eyelids and redness in the eye. A few may experience excess discharge combined with pain in the eye. Some might also feel that they have a nasal congestion associated with this condition.



The doctor will firstly perform an eye examination and note down the medical history as well as the symptoms of the person. The doctor can prescribe a few further tests to determine the exact cause of the watery eyes.



A doctor may prescribe antibiotics if there is any infection in the eye. The doctor may also advise on protective measures to be undertaken to prevent excessive tearing. In some cases, the doctor may also suggest surgery to remove blockages or to correct eyelid problems.


Various alternative and complementary therapies can help improve the symptoms and treat the condition. Advice should be sought from a qualified practitioner for treatment options.

Common Remedies

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