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Constant Eye Watering

Updated on August 25, 2010

Constant Eye Watering

We’ve explored constant eye twitching now it is time to discuss its sister, constant eye watering. Wow, where do we begin? There are so many reasons for an eye to water but when your eye is watering constantly, it can be extremely irritating. Not only can it be irritating to have to continuously wipe away tears or water, but the salty water from your eye can also cause a minor skin irritation around the eye or eyes. The saltiness of the water from your tear ducts is actually drying to the delicate skin around your eyes. However if the eye water is not to blame for a developing rash around your eye or eyes, then the constant rubbing it away, whether you use your fingers or a tissue, your skin will still, most-likely, experience some burn or rashing in that sensitive area of your face. So what’s causing the watering? Well the most obvious cause to explore is allergens. Dust mites, mold spores, food allergies, animal dander and hair. If you are allergic though, then you most likely already know the causes for your reactions. The most common allergen that causes constant eye watering is pollen. If you live in a heavily pollinated area during “allergy season” then you’ve most likely experienced the ravishing affects that pollen can have on your eyes and constant watering of the eyes can have on your skin. Another cause for this condition is bacterial conjunctivitis also known as pink eye. Before you know you have pink eye, you will have a constant watering. This happens in the least contagious state of this disease which is a good thing but if the watering begins to be accompanied with some pain or if you wake up in the morning and the water from your eye has crusted over, go see your doctor. You will need to take an antibiotic to get rid of the germ. Some more severe causes of eye watering are a scratched cornea or corneal ulcer. If you’ve ever had a scratched cornea, then you know that a visit to the doctor is necessary. A scratched cornea can lead to infections of the eye that you don’t want to have to contend with. The thing though about having a watery eye from a torn cornea is that the pain will be your main complaint over the water…trust me.

Constant Eye Watering

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Constant Eye Watering

Eye watering may also come from having cluster headaches. Headaches that start around the eye and that causes eye pain. In short, if the constant eye watering that you are experiencing last more than a week without any clue as to why it is happening, go to your doctor. There may be an unknown allergy that is announcing its presence or something more serious. If, of course, the constant watering is accompanied by a headache or actual eye pain and is persistent even while you are sleeping (this being evident by morning eye crusting) see your doctor immediately.


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