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How to Treat Watery Eyes

author image Kimberly Johnson
Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.
How to Treat Watery Eyes
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Constant tear production and watery eyes aren't signs that you are too emotional. Instead, the waterworks start flowing when your eyes become irritated or a medical condition flairs up, which causes your tear ducts to kick into overdrive. The problem can be as simple as a speck of dirt, or it could be from something more long term like an allergy. Since carrying around a box of tissues can get rather cumbersome, get down to the root of the problem to dry up those tears for good.

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Step 1

Remove your contact lenses, if you wear them, and clean them well by soaking overnight in a contact lens sanitizing solution. Do not put your contacts back in until your eyes stop watering. If the watering stops as soon as you remove the lenses, replace them with a new pair as they may be the cause of your discomfort.

Step 2

Look at your eyes closely in a mirror to determine if there are any eyelashes that are bending up into the eye, or obvious signs of dirt and debris. If you see an eyelash, gently use your finger to pull it out of the eye. If the eyelash is completely inside the eye, do not try to remove it with your finger.

Step 3

Wash your eyes by using a sterile eye wash solution. Rinse an eye cup with the solution first. Then fill the cup halfway with the solution. Bend forward and place the cup around your eye, pressing it against the skin to seal it. Holding the cup, lean your head back. Open your eye two to three times while moving it around to flush out any debris. Set the cup down and gently towel dry the exterior of your eye. Repeat the process to wash your other eye.

Step 4

Insert one drop of a medicated eye drop into each eye, being careful not to touch the tip of the eye dropper to any surface, which will contaminate it. Choose an eye drop labeled for dry eyes, since watery eyes are often caused by excessive drying. Insert the eye drops up to four times per day, but no more.

Step 5

Swallow an antihistamine allergy pill once per day, if necessary, to stop your body’s overreaction to any pollen, mold, pet dander or other allergen that you may be allergic too.

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