If you are asking yourself this question today, we can help you figure out what is happening. There are several possible reasons why you are suffering from watery eyes, and these range from allergic reactions to infections, as well as eyelid issues and blocked tear ducts. This condition is irritating and uncomfortable, but we are here to help! Let’s talk about some of the issues you may be facing, and what can be done:
- Allergies. Millions of us suffer from allergies, and many times this affects our eyes. Exposure to pollen and pet dander, mites, and fumes can cause your eyes to turn red, itchy, and watery. You can use over-the-counter solutions, such as antihistamines and eye drops for immediate relief, but for complete and thorough care you will want to contact your doctor for prescription-strength medications or even allergy shots.
- Conjunctivitis. Also known as Pink Eye, this condition will cause blurry vision, pus, and mucus in the eye itself, along with red inner eyelids. Your eyes will be pink or red and produce a lot of extra tears as the eye tries to cleanse itself. If you believe this is your issue, contact your doctor immediately. He or she will treat you according to the original cause, which can be either allergies, a virus, or bacteria. Always keep your hands away from your eyes, and wash them with warm and soapy water before and after you apply any medicine. You won’t want to share your towels or washcloths, or anything else that touches your eyes, for that matter.
- Blocked Tear Ducts. Your eyes have a tiny system of plumbing that makes your tears, and these tears are then washed across your eyes, ending up down a duct into your nose. If this duct (like a rain gutter!) gets blocked, either partially or completely, your tears will get backed up, causing your eyes to be watery and even irritated or infected. The signs that you are suffering from blocked tear ducts will be mucus, crusty eyelashes, blurred vision, and blood in your tears. If your condition is chronic, see your doctor. He or she can flush the blocked duct with saline, and then insert tiny tubes to open up the blockages. In some cases, it may be necessary to have repair surgery done.
- Dry Eye. Dry eyes are irritated eyes, and your immune system will respond by making too many tears. You may experience stinging, burning, and redness, along with vision problems. If your case is pretty mild, you can use artificial tears to help. With more serious issues, your eye doctor can prescribe prescription medications to relieve any inflammation or to help create tears.
For these and all other eye issues, you can contact us here at Classic Vision Care for help. We care about you and your vision.