We've talked about dry eye quite a bit. There are many symptoms including pain and redness in the eyes or blurred vision. One symptom that many people don't equate with dry eye, is excess production of tears followed by very dry periods. This is your body's way of trying to make up for the dryness in your eyes. However, watery eyes, also known as epiphora, is a misnomer for dry eye.
Dry eye is just one of the many causes of epiphora, so it's imperative that when your eyes start to water, you visit your eye doctor to find the cause. There are technically three general categories that cause epiphora:
- lid apposition issues
- nasolacrimal duct obstruction
- dry eye
If you start to notice that your eyes are watering more than normal, come see us and we will figure out what the issue is, and if any of the above reasons are the problem. Oh, and please don't get on WebMD and try to diagnose yourself. That's just asking for trouble.