Tearing is a very common complaint and is often difficult to solve because there are so many different causes. Any type of ocular surface irritation can cause tearing such as blepharitis, allergy or even dry eyes. Eyelid laxity and/or other malposition of the eyelid resulting from age or other causes such as Bell's palsy is another cause. Tear duct obstruction is another common cause and this can be diagnosed by an in office test. In some cases, special radiographic tests, such as dacrycstography, are used to follow the flow of tears through the system and to determine if there is functional blockage. I would suggest you see an EyeMD who will first evaluate the ocular surface and treat any abnormalities and then examine the tear duct drainage system for functional blockage.
Francis Skilling, MD
Location and Office HoursEye Associates of Tallahassee PA
Tallahassee, FL 32308
What causes my eyes to constantly tear?
Gary Hirshfield, MD, Ophthalmology, answered on behalf of American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeSmart
Why should I protect my eyes from reflected ultraviolet (UV) radiation?
HealthyWomen answeredAlthough direct sunlight from the sun itself is extremely damaging to eyes, reflected ultraviolet (UV) rays can be even more dangerous. For example, grass, soil, and water reflect less than 10% of the UV radiation, but fresh snow reflects as much as 80%, dry sand about 15%, and sea foam about 25%. And because you’re more likely to look down than up, there is a difference in the amount of UV light reflected directly into your eyes. Hats with brims offer no protection from UV rays reflected up from surfaces such as pavement, sand, and water.
Why should I wear sunglasses when outside?
UV-blocking sunglasses are actually very good for your eyes. Excessive exposure to UV light reflected off sand, water or pavement can damage the eyes' front surface. In addition to cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, sun exposure can lead to lesions and tumors that may be cosmetically unappealing and frequently require surgical removal. Everyone should wear 100% UV-blocking sunglasses when doing outdoor activities.
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