Don’t Cry: 6 Reasons Your Eyes May Be Tearing

tearing disorderWhether you’re in a meeting with executives or trying to have a conversation with the president of your child’s PTA, it’s more than embarrassing to have your eyes suddenly start tearing. Not only can tearing make you look like you’re crying, but it can make your makeup run and your vision temporarily blurry. If you have started to notice that your eyes are tearing more than normal, it may be contributed to a variety of different things. This article will discuss six reasons why your eyes may be tearing. Read on to learn more.

  1. Dry Eyes

As the most common culprit of tearing eyes, dry eyes are caused by things such as hormone imbalances, the environment, and even allergies. Luckily, dry eye can easily be treated with either an over-the-counter or prescription eye drop.

  1. Blocked Tear Ducts

A blocked tear duct can occur when something clogs the duct itself— typical oil from makeup. By using a warm compress, you can usually clean out the clogged duct. If, however, it is in infected, you will need an antibiotic.

  1. Topical Medications

Sometimes, the medications that you place on your face can irritate your eyes— causing them to burn and tear. If this is the case, ask your doctor if you can switch to another, similar medication because you may be having an allergic reaction.

  1. Blepharitis

As one of the symptoms of blepharitis, your eyes may begin to tear and produce more tears than usual.

  1. Ectropion

As a condition that causes loose eyelids, ectropion can cause excessive tearing if it is left untreated.

  1. Entropion

Another eye condition that causes excessive tears is entropion. Entropion is caused when you have misdirected eyelashes and is a condition that can also make your eyes irritated and tear uncontrollably.

If you suffer from chronic tearing, you may have one of the conditions listed above. To schedule an examination or to learn more about these eye conditions, contact Dr. Daniel Tresley’s office today.

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