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How to Stop Watery Eyes



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Tears are nature’s way of lubricating and cleansing out our eyeballs, so you need to be able to produce some tears, but too much watering of the eyes or Epiphora can be an irritating and obnoxious problem.


Constant wiping away watery tears from the eyes, blinking, itching, blurring you’re your vision?  If you have a cold that is causing watery eyes, the chances are that it will stop once you are over the cold.  But, if you watery eyes are from allergies, you can try and avoid the allergen that is causing this reaction, but if you don’t know what the cause is, then you’ll have to find another way to alleviate the problem.


When you come in contact with allergens, the body secretes Histamine from the blood vessels and histamine can also cause watery eyes.  An oral medication, such as an antihistamine like Zyrtec can sometimes help to relieve the runny tear ducts.  While some eye drops do contain antihistamines, you may also require the oral medication.


Ingrown eyelashes, dust, pollens, smoke and sand blown into the eyeball will all cause watery eyes.  Sometimes computer screens, televisions, the sun, eye strain or a lack of sleep can cause the eyes to water.  Glasses and sunglasses with a good UV protectant can certainly help some people when outdoors, but others may find that they have to resort to further measures.  Eyeglasses can also come with lenses created specifically for the glare of the computer screen or televisions.  Even indoors, UV protection is helpful for fending off the radiation from computer screens that can tire the eyes and make them blur or water.  Getting away from the computer for a few minutes every hour is very helpful for relieving the strain produced by the glare of computer screens.


If allergies, asthma or hay fever are not the problem and you suffer from something like, Dry Eye Syndrome, perhaps your body is trying to make up for the dryness by overcompensating, causing the runny eyes.  There are a number of causes for Dry Eye Syndrome including contact lens use.  Colds, viruses, infections, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Rosacea, Thyroid Disease, Lupus, Diseases of the eyelid, eye drops used for Glaucoma and more can be the culprit, so be certain to get a definitive diagnosis before using any medications, so your first stop should be the Doctor’s office.  You don’t want to jump into the proverbial, fire and a good Optometrist or Ophthalmologist can diagnose and treat your runny eyes properly.


Dry Eye Syndrome can sometimes be caused by numerous medications.  Your doctor should be able to prescribe another medication if this is the case.  Many times it’s caused by contact lenses, so keep your lenses clean and be sure to remove them at night or when sleeping.  You can wash your eyes with a good eye wash, in-between contact lens use.


Artificial Tears and other lubricating eye drops are sold in a variety of formulas; many of these include antihistamines.  These can also relieve itching and burning that might be experienced with some allergies, hay fever or tired eyes. 


You can also purchase natural eye drops like, Eyebright or take the extract or use the home-grown herb.  You can also purchase eye washes containing Eyebright.  Eye washes can sometimes make a big difference by lubricating and cleansing out the eyes, eliminating any irritants within the eye or tear ducts.


Sometimes just nice warm water or a warm wet washcloth compress laid over the eyes can relieve stress and irritation.  If the warmth doesn’t provide relief, try a cold cloth instead.  Other times, you might want to use something like a drop mixture of diluted honey and rose water. 


Drops made from Rose milk or Aloe Vera can sometimes relieve the burning and itching.  Sometimes drinking one or two glasses or carrot juice every week can give the eyes the necessary beta-carotene that is so nutritious for providing better eye function.  There are a lot of homeopathic remedies on the market for watery eyes, as well as, vitamins specifically formulated for the eyes.


Remember, your watery eyes may be a sign of a serious underlying illness, so a definitive diagnosis from the appropriate physician is very important.  You don’t want to cause harm to your eyes by using eye washes and drops without understanding exactly why your eyes are watering.  It’s best to always play it safe, especially when it comes to your eyesight.


Sources:

http://www.healthcentral.com/allergy/h/how-to-stop-watery-eyes.html


http://www.natural-homeremedies.com/blog/home-remedies-for-watery-eyes/


http://www.goodhope.org.uk/departments/eyedept/watery.htm

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