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Some Causes and Features of Watery Eyes

Some Causes and Features of Watery Eyes

Cause

Common Features*

Disorders that cause excess tear production

Watering that is worse when eyes are exposed to cold or windy weather, cigarette smoke, or dry heat

A feeling of something in the eye (foreign object [body] sensation) that comes and goes, especially toward the end of the day

Irritation of the eye surface due to

Eye redness

In people with allergic conjunctivitis, itching

In people with an inwardly turned eyelid and eyelashes, often a sensation of grittiness or something in the eye

In people with corneal scratch or foreign body, pain, light sensitivity, and a sensation of grittiness or something in the eye

Nasal irritation caused by allergies or an upper respiratory infection

Runny nose, sneezing, and nasal congestion

Disorders that block tear drainage

Symptoms that begin weeks after birth

Watery eyes that gradually become worse as people age

Usually seen during the examination

Pain or discomfort near the corner of the eye and along the side of the nose

Often swelling, redness, tenderness, and warmth in the same area

Usually seen during the examination

Often in older people

Sometimes a hard lump near the tear sac

Other causes (such as injuries or drugs)

Usually in people who know they have such causes

* Features include symptoms and the results of the doctor's examination. Features mentioned are typical but not always present.