- Burning eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Foreign sensation in eyes
- Decreased visual acuity
- Swollen eyelid
- Red, bloodshot eyes
- Eye Pain, especially if trauma has occurred
- Crusting around the eyes, which signifies the duct is blocked
To diagnose watery eyes, an eye doctor will ask you questions about your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle. Your doctor will give you a thorough eye exam and possibly a physical exam in order to determine the cause of your watery eyes. He or she may also take a culture of a tear specimen. Once the cause of the watery eyes is identified, a treatment plan can be created.
- Ectropion can usually be treated with a minor operation to the lower eyelid.
- Babies with watery eyes usually grow out of it with no treatment.
- Blockage of the channels in adults:
- You may not need treatment if the watering is mild or does not bother you much.
- A blocked tear duct can be treated with an operation. The usual operation is called dacrocystorhinostomy (DCR). In this operation a new passage is made between your tear sac and your nose and this bypasses any blockage below your tear sac and allows tears to drain normally again.
- DCR surgery is worthwhile if the watering is bad enough to interfere with your activities of daily living. It is also recommended if you have had an infection in your tear sac as a result of the blocked tear duct. The surgery may prevent repeated attacks of a red, painful swelling at the corner of your eye.
- There are two ways of doing this surgery, either externally - through your skin or endoscopically - from within your nostril. Your doctor will be able to give you more information regarding this.
- A narrowed small channel (canaliculus) which is not fully blocked may be widened by pushing in a probe. However, if it is completely blocked, an operation is an option to drain the tears into the nose.