What’s Behind My Watery Eyes?

Watery eyes are a symptom of various health and eye issues. According to Stephanie Marioneaux, MD, clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, it’s very important to note that some causes of watery eyes could be infectious or even dangerous. There are also tons of environmental factors that can cause this symptom, but you don’t want to trivialize watery eyes.

“The watery eye is often misinterpreted as an annoyance, and the response is to grab a tissue and blot the eye dry” Dr. Marioneaux says. In effect, the eye is bone-dry, and it stimulates more tears, perpetuating a vicious cycle that the patient encourages, she adds. Dr. Marioneaux suggests having an ophthalmologist check for any eye problems if symptoms such as watery eyes don’t improve after 24 hours.

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