Weepy eyes

Hello Diana, I have a problem with weepy eyes. My eyes water a lot, particularly in the winter time. Can I do anything to stop this happening or is it just another sign of ageing?

Barbara, it happens to me too! Watery eyes can affect anyone, but it’s most common in young babies and people over 60, causing blurred vision, sore eyelids and sticky eyes. It occurs if too many tears are produced, or they cannot drain away properly. My optician tells me glands in the eyelids normally secrete an oily substance that slows the evaporation of tears between blinks. When glands aren’t functioning properly the result can be dry patches on your eyes. These become sore, and extra tears are produced as a reflex, causing eyes to water. If weepy eyes are the result of dry eye syndrome, your optician may suggest lubricating eye drops, and advise you to avoid cold winds and activities that aggravate.

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