Eye Tearing

Understanding Excessive Eye Tearing

The tear ducts are part of the lacrimal system — a tear-producing and drainage system that is responsible for keeping your eyes protected, moist and clean. Excessive eye tearing comes from disorders of the lacrimal system resulting in eyes that are too wet or too dry.

Causes of Eye Tearing

A common cause for excessive eye tearing is often partially or fully block tear ducts, which prevents tears from properly draining down into the canaliculi (small channels in the inner corners of the eyes). Blocked tear ducts can affect both children and adults, and while it is not immediately uncomfortable, it can lead to serious infection if left unattended. Another cause for excessive eye tearing could be the presence of polyps in the nose area, which can block tears ducts. Ectropion may also lead to excessive eye tearing due to the lower eyelid turning away from the eye. Mucous buildup, ingrown eyelashes, styes, hardened discharge from conjunctivitis may also contribute to excessive eye tearing.

Eye tearing problems can lead to other serious problems such as infection, which is why it’s important to talk to an experienced surgeon as soon as possible. Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad has successfully performed many complex lacrimal procedures on a number of patients to address their eye tearing problems, using only the finest equipment to ensure maximum results and minimal scars.

Before making a decision, consider having a personal evaluation with New York eyelid surgery specialist and Oculoplastic surgeon Dr. Amiya Prasad to determine what is the most appropriate procedure(s) for your specific case.

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