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Treatment for Watery Eye


Treatment for watering eyes isn't always necessary. Treatment depends on how severe the problem is and what's causing it. If the underlying cause is dry eye syndrome, try avoiding reading, watching TV and using a computer – you're likely to blink less during these activities, which can make symptoms worse.
The use of lubricating eye drops can help ease the discomfort of dry eye. These can be bought over the counter from a pharmacy and your healthcare professional can advise which product is best for you.
It might help to hold a warm, damp, clean cloth over the affected eye for five minutes and at the same time, gently massage your eyelids with the cloth to loosen any material that might be blocking the eye glands.

MEDICATION

If a bacterial infection such as conjunctivitis is causing watering eyes, your GP may prescribe a course of antibiotics. If they suspect a virus is the cause, you may be advised to wait for a week or so to see if it resolves itself.
If your eyes are watering because of an allergy, Antihistaminic medication may be prescribed to help reduce the inflammation.

MINOR PROCEDURE

In cases where irritation is caused by an inward-growing eyelash or a foreign object, such as a piece of grit, these can be removed by your GP or eye specialist.
If your lower eyelid rolls inwards (entropion) or sags outwards (ectropion), a minor operation carried out under local anaesthetic may be recommended. The most common procedure involves tightening the tendon that holds the outer eyelid in place to give it extra support. See the page on treating ectropion for more information.

SURGERY FOR BLOCKED TEAR DUCTS

Tear ducts allow excess tears to drain away. If a blocked tear duct is causing watering eyes, it can be treated with surgery.
If you have an infection in your tear sac (where excess tears from your eyes drain into), it will need to be treated with antibiotics first, before surgery. Left untreated, the infection could spread to your eye socket.

DACRYOCYSTORHINOSTOMY (DCR)

Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) is a common surgical procedure used to treat blocked tear ducts. It involves creating a new channel from the tear sac to the inside of your nose. This channel allows tears to bypass the blocked part of your tear duct.

Authored by Dr.S Tony Fernandez

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