Watery Eyes: A Surprising Symptom of Dry Eye

Feb 1, 2024 | Dry Eye Syndrome

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Are you experiencing watery eyes more often than usual? You may think it’s allergies or something in your eye, but it could be a symptom of dry eye. You might be wondering, “How can my eyes be watery if they’re dry?” Keep reading to find out why this happens and what you can do about it.  

How does dry eye cause watery eyes?  

Dry eye occurs when your eyes don’t make enough tears to keep them lubricated or when your tears are of poor quality. While it might sound strange that dry eye can cause watery eyes, it’s a common occurrence. When your eyes are dry, your body tries to compensate by producing excessive tears. However, these aren’t the natural, lubricating tears your eyes need—instead, they’re thin and watery. So, even though your eyes are watering, the underlying cause is still dryness. 

Symptoms of dry eye  

In addition to watery eyes, dry eye can cause a range of other symptoms. If you notice any of the following symptoms, it might be time to see our doctor for dry eye care in Corinth or New Albany. 

  • Burning, stinging, or itchy eyes 
  • Grittiness in the eyes, like something is in your eyes 
  • Blurred vision, especially toward the end of the day 
  • Sensitivity to light 
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses 
  • Redness 
  • Eye fatigue 

Treating dry eye 

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to treating dry eye, as the underlying causes can vary greatly. Treatment can range from simple lifestyle changes, like taking breaks while staring at screens and staying hydrated, to using prescription eye drops or warm compresses. It’s important to see an eye doctor who can accurately diagnose the cause of your dry eye and develop a treatment plan that works for you. They can also determine whether your watery eyes are a symptom of dry eye or another underlying condition. 

If you’re experiencing watery eyes or any other dry eye symptoms, don’t wait for it to get worse. Our expert doctors in Corinth and New Albany are here to figure out what’s causing your symptoms and help you get relief. While dry eye can be a chronic condition, we can recommend treatment to help you maintain healthy eyes, reduce dryness and discomfort, and prevent vision issues. Make an appointment with us today!