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Wet & Watery Eye

Epiphora, or a watery eye, is a prevalent problem that occurs when tears are not adequately drained from the eye into the nose. It is normal for our eyes to water as protection from unwanted debris or irritants. Still, we understand that constant streaming is bothersome.



Our bodies naturally produce tears to lubricate and cleanse our eyes properly. However, you may have noticed excessively watery eyes and excessive tears without any cause. This can be not only embarrassing, but the sensitive skin around the eye area can become inflamed and sore.

Many patients complain that the watering causes visual problems and irritation. Eye symptoms include blurred vision, soreness, irritated eyelids, discomfort and ‘sticky’ eyes.

In addition, it is very common for patients to experience embarrassment or misunderstanding in work or social settings when others misinterpret their condition as crying.

After a complete examination at our London clinic to determine the cause of your watery eyes, we will offer a bespoke treatment plan to rid you of your symptoms.

Who is affected by watery eyes?

Epiphora or watery eyes can occur at any age but is most common in the very young or the elderly.

What causes watery eyes?

There are several causes, and we will work with you through a careful and comprehensive consultation to determine the true cause of your symptoms. We have listed some of the most common causes below.

Dry Eye Syndrome
Though it seems counterintuitive, dry eye syndrome is one of the common causes of watery eyes. Without proper lubrication, your eyes produce excess tears to counteract the dryness.

Blocked Tear Ducts
If a tear duct is blocked, tears cannot drain normally, causing watery, irritated eyes. The condition’s cause is partial or complete obstruction of the tear drainage system.

Allergies & Infections
Allergies and infections can irritate the eyes, triggering the body to produce more tears to cleanse the eye.

Ectropion is when the eyelid droops away from the eye and turns outward. Ectropion is not usually serious, but it can be uncomfortable.

When the eyelid turns inward, the eyelashes and skin rub against the eye surface; This can be uncomfortable and irritating.

How we can help

Contact us for a consultation

Booking with us

Arrange a consultation with us using the button below at a time of your choosing. This may be held through video chat dependant on COVID guidelines at the time.

Your consultation

We will then discuss with you your symptoms and advise you on how best to proceed with helpful guidance on treatments through our expert knowledge and training.

Treatment after care

Once an appointment has been arranged, we will then begin treatment and support you along the process, including specialised aftercare.