Watery eyes

Watering eye, epiphora or tearing, is a condition in which there is an overflow of tears onto the face, often without a clear explanation.  Tears are needed to keep the front surface of the eye healthy and maintain clear vision, but too many tears can make it difficult to see. This can make driving difficult or dangerous. Epiphora can develop at any age, but it is more common in those aged under 12 months or over 60 years. It may affect one or both eyes. 


  • weather conditions such as wind, cold, and sunshine
  • eye strain
  • environmental factors such as bright light and smog
  • common cold, sinus problems, and allergies
  • inflammation of the eyelid (blepharitis)
  • eyelid turned outward (ectropion) or inward (entropion)
  • ingrown eyelash (trichiasis)
  • pink eye (conjunctivitis) or other infections
  • blocked tear ducts
  • foreign objects, chemicals, or irritating gases and liquids in the eye
  • cut or scrape on the eye
  • some prescription medications
  • cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and radiation


  • vision loss or visual disturbances
  • injured or scratched eye
  • chemicals in your eye
  • discharge or bleeding from your eye
  • foreign object stuck in your eye on the inside of your eyelid
  • red, irritated, swollen, or painful eyes
  • unexplained bruising around your eye
  • tenderness around your nose or sinuses
  • eye issues accompanied by a severe headache
  • watery eyes that fail to improve on their own