Watery eye

Watering eyes can occur at any age, but are most common in young babies and in people over the age of 60. It can occur in one or both eyes. A common cause is a blocked tear duct, but there are several other possible causes.

Possible Causes

Excessive tear production due to eye irritation eg: eyelash turning inwards, eye infection.

Tear film abnormalities which cause dryness in the eyes and cause your eyes to water. (see more on dry eyes and our treatment services here)

Faulty tear drainage: tear duct blockage, narrowing of tear drainage channel or ectropion where the eyelid turns outwards


Usually if symptoms are mild treatment will not be required.Treatment of a watery eye consists of treating the cause of the eye irritation or blockage. Syringing may sometimes clear any blockage of the tear drainage channel, but may only give temporary relief of symptoms.  In severe or chronic cases a blockage of the tear duct can be treated with an operation in which a new artificial channel is created to help drain the tears.In cases of tear drainage obstruction you may not need treatment if the eye watering is only occasional.

At Visioncare we offer a procedure in which a blockage in the tear duct can be cleared to help the tears drain away efficiently. Your optometrist will be able to advise if you are suitable for this form of treatment.

If you have problems with a watery eye or have noticed any change in your vision you should contact us and book an eye examination.