Tears are a natural lubricant and are produced to keep your eyes free from foreign debris. When your body produces too many tears, it can overwhelm the tear ducts and result in watery eyes. Tears are produced by glands under the eyelid and are a solution of water and salt. Tears are the reason we blink, each time we blink we spread moisture around the eyes. Most of the time, watery eyes will resolve themselves without the need of medical attention, however, in some cases, they can become a chronic problem and you may need to seek treatment. Watery eyes may also be the result of exposure to dust or irritants and is a leading reported instance of accidents at work.
What causes watery eyes?
Watery eyelids can be caused by a number of factors including; the weather, infection, bright light, fumes, blocked tear ducts, foreign objects in the eye, or cuts and scrapes in the eye sustained in the workplace.
One of the most prevalent causes of watery eyes is what is known as Dry Eye Syndrome where the tear ducts produce far too many tears, resulting in watery eyes. Tears contain other oils which keep the eyes lubricated, and it is the absence of this oil which causes the tear ducts to produce too many tears.
How to treat watery eyes
Thankfully, in most cases watery eyes will clear up by themselves. If, however, it is a persistent problem it may require examination by your doctor or optician for which a number of treatments can be prescribed.
Your doctor or optician may prescribe eye drops to help treat the problem or they may test for allergies which are causing your eyes to become watery, in which case they will provide the requisite medication or antibiotics in the case of an infection. A warm and wet towel placed over the eyes several times a day can also help treat the symptoms of watery eyes, and in extreme cases surgery may be required on the tear ducts in order to stop them producing too many tears.
If you suffer from watery eyes and you believe your job may be the cause of this due to exposure to irritants or dust, you may be able to claim compensation, provided this has happened within the last 3 years and wasn’t your fault. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 on 0800 689 0500 and a friendly, professional adviser will be more than willing to assist you with any queries you might have regarding watery eyes.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown