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Why Do I Have Watery Eyes?

Posted by  On 10-05-2021

If your eyes get watery sometimes, such as when you laugh so hard you cry, or you watch a sad movie on TV, then that’s fine. However, what’s happening if you seem to get watery eyes out of the blue and for no reason?

Our eyes need to have the proper amount of lubricant so we can see correctly! Sometimes, though, the systems that help us produce tears don’t work correctly, and our eyes end up producing too many tears or not being able to drain them properly. If that happens, you can get watery eyes.

In this article, we’ll explain some of the most common causes of watery eyes, including:

  1. Allergies

  2. Spending too much time staring at a computer screen

  3. Wearing contact lenses for too long

  4. Getting makeup or cream in your eyes
  5. Dry environments

We’ll also tell you how Clearview Vision Institute can help give you better vision with our custom PRK laser eye surgery.

1. Allergies

One of the main signs of allergy season is having itchy, watery eyes. When you come into contact with any kind of airborne substance (such as pollen) that you are allergic to, your eyes will start watering with histamine-filled tears. Histamines are chemicals that your body releases to try and fight the irritant that’s bothering you, whether it’s dust, rose petals, strawberries, or something else!

2. Spending too much time staring at a computer screen

It’s hard to avoid computer and TV screens these days. Many of us have jobs requiring us to sit in front of screens for a long time. When we do this, we start blinking less. This causes our eyes to dry up, which in turn prompts them to begin watering to compensate.

One of the easiest ways to combat this is to make sure you take frequent breaks from staring at a screen. A common recommendation is to take a break every 20 minutes, and then focus on an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This little break can help not only give your eyes a rest, but it’ll also make sure you blink more and your eyeballs will lubricate adequately.

If you struggle to remember to do this, put a reminder on your calendar or a post-it note in the corner of your screen.

3. Wearing contact lenses for too long

If you need to wear glasses all the time, you may have decided on contact lenses instead. They save you from having to remember your glasses and also from concerns that can come with wearing glasses, such as having them broken while playing sports.

One drawback of having to wear contacts is that they can accelerate how fast your tears evaporate. This causes your eyes to become dry, which sends a signal to your tear glands to kick into gear. If you then produce too many tears, you can end up with watery eyes.

If you are having constant issues with watery eyes due to contact lenses, you may want to consider custom PRK laser eye surgery so you no longer have to wear them.

4. Getting makeup or cream in your eyes

If you’ve ever been a little too generous putting cream or sunscreen on your face, then you may have ended up with some in your eyes. This can cause them to water, especially if you rub your eyes after putting on your cream or sunscreen.

If you wear eyeliner or mascara, this can also get into your eyes, particularly if you use lash-building mascaras or try a technique called “tightlining,” which is lining the inside margin of your lashes. In any of these cases, if your eyes water, that’s okay; it’s just your eyes trying to flush out an irritant.

5. Dry environments

Another thing that can cause your eyes to water is being in a dry environment. If you’re somewhere dry, then you’ve likely noticed your skin drying out. The same thing is happening to your eyeballs!

Unlike your skin, though, your eyeballs have a way of moisturizing themselves. If your eyeballs get sufficiently dry enough, then your tear glands will start producing tears to moisten them. Getting a humidifier can help release moisture into the air; this will help both your skin and your eyes.

How can Clearview Vision Institute help me with vision issues?

At Clearview Vision Institute, we offer custom PRK laser eye surgery. If you’re tired of wearing glasses or contact lenses, then custom PRK surgery may be a good choice for you.

Our surgeons use custom PRK surgery to treat nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism with particularly good results for anyone who is nearsighted. Custom PRK is just one particular type of laser eye surgery, and is specially designed for anyone who may have large pupils, thin or structurally unique corneas, or are involved in contact sports.

A condensed version of steps is listed below.

  1. Patient screening: we’ll have you undergo tests to ensure you are a good candidate.

  2. Restore your cornea to its original shape. You’ll need to stop wearing contact lenses for 7 days before your surgery.

  3. Pre-op intake: we’ll give you anesthetic eye drops to numb your eyes.

  4. We’ll perform the custom PRK laser eye surgery on you.

  5. You’ll need to rest after your surgery for a few hours and then schedule post-op visits.

.At the Clearview Vision Institute, you know your eyes are in good hands!

Get Better Vision Today!

To recap, if you’re suffering from constantly watery eyes, then these are some of the most common reasons:

  1. Allergies

  2. Spending too much time staring at a computer screen

  3. Wearing contact lenses for too long

  4. Getting makeup or cream in your eyes

  5. Dry environments

We treat all kinds of vision issues at Clearview Vision Institute and offer top-of-the-line treatment options, including custom PRK laser eye surgery. We also provide other types of laser eye surgery and treatments for conditions like dry eyes. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you. You can call us at 647-493-6371 or reach us online.

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