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Chromic watery eyes
hannah_rolland posted:
So I have something goin on with me. It's annoying & I can't deal with it anymore & I want to tell you all about it. Here it goes........I have chronic watery eyes. It's true! I can be in mid conversation with someone and it they start to pour, then the person asks if I'm crying and I lose my train of thought while explaining about my chronic watering & it's just not fun. No one should have to live this way!!! It's usually the worst when I 1st wake up, when I put on eye makeup, when any type of wind hits my eyes (even when I'm running or walking too fast - ð??­ð??­ð??­) when I expose myself to bright light, at the end of the work day, and before yea basically all the dadgum time!! #eyeseepage #evertdangday

So last night while lying in bed wiping away my "tears" I decided I would do the unthinkable - google my symptoms. I know, I know, googling your symptoms can lead to paranoia and possible death but I needed answers! I mean why me? Why do my eyes have to flood my face daily! Why does my $28 mascara have to end up on a balled up soaking wet tissue EVERY DANG DAY!! This just isn't fare. I can't go on this way. So I googled my symptoms - the results were unreal & just didn't set easily with me. Here they are, along with my thoughts while reading them.

1. Allergies - Ok, I refuse to believe this is a result of allergies. It's everyday, all day!! Unless I'm allergic to myself, or to's not allergies. NEEEXXTTT!! 2. Dry Eyes - really? I just said my eyes WATER....if they were dry they'd prolly crumble up & fall out not pour water for no reason. I'm sure there's a logical explanation behind why "dry eyes" water profusely.....but I don't really care. That's not me...stupid internet. NEXT.... 3. Migraines - ok. I do get migraines. But my eyes water all the time. I don't think I'm suffering a lifelong migraine. - NEXTT!!!!! 4. Premature Blindness - Ok wait...WHAT?!!! if this is true I'm quitting my job today & going to see the world. I can still sell pumps when I'm blind. Oh & I need to leave Braille I think learning it before you lose your visual will be easier. Ok it I'm not going blind - or am I?!!??!! 5. Brain Aneurysm.......

And that is when the paranoia set in. I locked my phone and went to sleep. This investigation had gone too far.

Does anyone else have chronic watery eyes? If so how do you deal with life?! I'm sick of living with a flooded face. I'm tired of looking homeless with no makeup on. I'm just want to be normal!!!!! HEEELLLLLPPPPPPP!!!
Alan M Kozarsky, MD responded:
You are not likely to solve your watery eye issue on an internet forum. An eye doctor visit is in your future.

In general, excessive tearing is caused by either overproduction of tears or insufficient drainage. Tears may be overproduced by irritation conditions which do include many issues including allergy or even dry eye - yes, reflex (overflow) tearing can be a response to dry eyes.

The tears normally drain through a small hole (punctum) on each lower eyelid and the exit passage is routed through the lacrimal sac and to your nose and the back of your throat. This is sort of a gutter and downspout arrangement which can be blocked at multiple points. The lids can be overly loose with spillage over the "gutters" The punctum can be too small or blocked or the downspout itself can be blocked.

So, your eye doctor can help you diagnose and treat the cause of your watery eyes but this does take a full examination.

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