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Watery Eyes

woman wiping eyes after having watery eyesWatery eyes is when tears are produced without any obvious reason and is commonly caused when tears don’t drain away properly or too many tears are produced. Watery eyes can occur as a result of conditions such as dry eye, where the tears are of poor quality or due to eye infections, allergies or conjunctivitis.

At Earlam and Christopher we are experts at managing watery eye.

We offer advice and relief for this very common eye problem.  Our specialist optometrist Sarah Farrant is a national expert and international lecturer on watery eye and dry eye and she can diagnose and treat the range of ocular conditions (typically dry eye) that result in an increase in the amount of tears you produce.

At your appointment, we assess your tear profile and based on your symptoms and the findings during your visit, develop a tailored management plan to relieve your symptoms and reduce the potential long term damage to your eyes caused by the condition.


The typical symptoms you may experience with dry or watery eyes include:

  • Dryness
  • Burning, stinging or itching
  • Gritty feeling
  • Irritation from wind or smoke
  • Blurred or smeary vision
  • Tired eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Excessive watering
  • Light sensitivity
  • Contact lens discomfort

The symptoms are often worse first thing in the morning or later in the evening and can be exacerbated by driving, computer use or air conditioning.

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There are a wide variety of reasons why you may suffer with watery eyes including:

  • Ageing
  • Hormonal changes especially in women
  • Blepharitis
  • Dry environment
  • Prolonged computer use
  • Systemic conditions such as arthritis
  • Certain medications
  • Contact lenses
  • LASIK surgery
  • Diet

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The first thing we need to resolve your watery eyes is to find out what is the root cause. This is achieved during your appointment.

Once the cause is established, steps can be taken to improve your tear quality and reduce the overproduction of your tears, or alternatively improve the drainage of your tears.

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Learn More About Watery Eyes on the NHS website

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