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How are watery eyes diagnosed?

Laura C. Fine, MD
Ophthalmology
Your doctor diagnoses the cause of watery eyes by examining your eyes and conducting medical tests to determine why the problem has developed. Analyzing tear samples reveals whether an infection is to blame, for example. Or the doctor may perform a test to gauge tear production. Another test involves irrigation of the lacrimal drainage system, to determine whether tear drainage is normal, and if not, where the blockage is occurring.

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