EYE FACTS

The beauty of a soul is reflected is one’s eyes. However, there is a lot more to eyes than what fills our first glace. Here are some stunning facts about the eye that can enthrall you.

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There are many different issues that can cause increased tears as it is a symptom in a majority of eye-related conditions and diseases, but once you find the main cause, treatment can be pursued. Causes of watery eyes can include:

  • Dry eyes or Dry Eye Syndrome
  • Clogged tear ducts
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Environmental irritants such as chemicals, smog, hot wind, bright lights, blowing dust and airborne allergens
  • Blepharitis, which is a dandruff-like substance on the eyelids that gets into the eyes and disrupts tears
  • Abrasions
  • Foreign bodies
  • Allergies due to mold, dust, and dander
  • Eyelids turning either inward or outward
  • Ageing

Ironically, one of the biggest causes of the eyes to become watery is dry eyes. Dry Eye causes the eyes to become uncomfortable; this triggers the body to produce too many tears. Your doctor would probably check to see if you suffer from DES before moving to other tests. It's also important to know that increased tearing can also be associated with things like yawning, laughing, vomiting and eye strain.

Treatment for Watery Eyes

The first and the most important thing is to find out the actual cause of excessive tears before you go ahead to seek any form of treatment. Knowing the source can possibly save you money and time. Artificial tears can help re-wet your eyes if they are dry or burning. If your eyes are irritated or itchy, tears could be the result of an allergy.

Your doctor will be able to determine the cause of your watery eyes by doing a series of tests, such as the Schirmer's test. If you're experiencing discharge from your eyes, it could be the result of a blocked tear duct or eyelid problem. An appointment with your eye doctor, who could perform a drainage procedure or a similar surgery, can reduce the symptoms. Improper eyelid positions can also be fixed rather easily with a minor surgery. If an infection is a cause then antibiotics could be prescribed.

Many older people also experience an abnormal increase in tears. This is due to aging and the inability to produce enough tears. Aged people should see their doctor often to help pinpoint problems they experience before it turns worse. A good thing to do regardless of your age is to protect your eyes at all times. If you spend considerable time outside, then wearing sunglasses to shield your eyes from UV rays can be helpful. This also protects your eyes from particles and airborne debris and also reduces glare.

Younger people, including children and infants, can also experience abnormal tears. Some infants are born with a narrow tear duct. If this happens, chances are it will widen itself by the age of 1 year and watery eyes will stop. Antibiotics can be given to children suffering from an infection in the eye that result in watery eyes. Probing can be done before the age of 1year where the success rate is good. After the age of 1 year repeated probing may be needed. The procedure is painless and is meant to open up the blockage.

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