How Can My Watery Eyes Be Dry?
Yes, it's very possible that if you experience watery eyes, you may have an underlying dry eye condition.
What causes the watery eyes? Chronic irritation from dry eye syndrome can result in an over-production of the watery component of tears, which is produced by glands located behind the upper eyelid (lacrimal glands).
A normal, healthy tear film has a balance of three layers: water, oil and mucus. Each layer plays an important role in keeping the front surface of the eye comfortable, healthy and capable of producing clear vision.
But the watery "reflex tears" produced by dry eye irritation simply flush excess water onto the eye, which quickly evaporates and provides only temporary relief.
Treating the underlying dry eye condition will enable a healthy balance of all three tear film components to be re-established and eliminate watery eyes.
About the Author: Gary Heiting, OD, is senior editor of AllAboutVision.com. Dr. Heiting has more than 30 years of experience as an eye care provider, health educator and consultant to the eyewear industry. His special interests include nearsightedness, myopia control, and the effects of blue light on the eye.
Page updated January 2018