Though it’s not necessarily a cause for concern, watery eyes can be irritating when you have to keep wiping tears away and explain to others that you’re not actually crying. If you’re suffering from persistent tears, read on to learn about what causes constant watery eyes and how to treat them.

What Causes Constant Watery Eyes


If watery eyes seem to flare up at certain times and environments, allergies could be the blame. Many people can suffer from allergies without even realizing it. They could be seasonal or causes by environmental pollutants outside or at home, including pollen, dust and pet dander. Either way, it’s a good idea get tested for allergies to see if this could be the culprit. Taking allergy medication could be the simple solution to help ease those tears.

Blocked Tear Duct

Your watery eyes might also point to an issue with your tear ducts. When they’re have problems draining, it could mean there is a blockage which happens when there’s a gradual narrowing of the tear duct. If you’re experience a discharge that’s sticky when you wipe away tears, this might be the cause. In this case, it is possible to get an eye infection, so make sure to have your eyes examined.

Dry Eye Syndrome

It might sound strange to associated dryness with water eyes, but it’s one of the most common causes of persistent watery eyes. Dry eye syndrome occurs usually with seniors when tear production reduces. When this happens, the lack of natural lubrication for the eyes causes an excess amount of tears in order to compensate.

How to Treat Water eyes

Since there are multiple reasons that constant watery eyes occur, it’s important to have your examined by an optometrist to first determine the exact cause. This way, they can tell you what the right method of treatment is. In some cases when it’s mild, simple solutions like wearing sunglasses during windy days, staying hydrated, throwing out expired eye products or using allergy medication could be all you need. 

When watery eyes become a constant irritation, book an appointment at any of our Laurier Optical locations for an eye examination and diagnosis. Our onsite optometrist can get to the root of the reason, explain more about this common eye conditions and recommend treatments or additional tests if need be. Contact us today to book an appointment.  

Article has been reviewed by an Optometrist.