Watery eyes, or epiphora, happen when eyes produce a surplus of tears, or in other words, when eyes make more tears than they can efficiently drain. This may be due to overproduction of tears, a complication with drainage, or both.

What Causes Watery Eyes?

There are several causes for watery eyes, including allergies, blepharitis, blockage of the tear duct, conjunctivitis, environmental factors, foreign objects, or your body’s natural response to dry eyes.

Symptom of Watery Eyes

A symptom of watery eyes is an overflow of tears onto the face.

Treatment for Watery Eyes

Watery eyes are not necessarily a medical condition, but if they are persistent, ask an eye care professional for an examination. There could be an underlying cause you are unaware of (such as dry eye, in which case you may need artificial tears or eye drops), or a blockage of the tear ducts – both of which your doctor can help you with.