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Are you worried about your Epiphora?

What causes Epiphora?

Epiphora is common and mild cases will not always need medical treatment, but more severe cases can be caused by infections and if accompanied by severe pain should be checked by a doctor to diagnose the root cause.

What can you do at home?

If your symptoms are mild to moderate and not causing you severe distress, or you think you know what is causing your epiphora there are some things you can try at home:


  • If you suspect your eyes are watering due to a foreign object, carefully clean them out with sterile water.
  • Take prescribed allergy medication.
  • Apply a warm compress to your eyes or warm, but not hot, water to try and unblock your tear ducts.
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You should also seek further medical attention if you experience any of the following:

Although watery eyes are common, symptoms are often fleeting and don’t require further medical assistance. But if your epiphora is persistent or you experience any of the following you should seek medical attention:


  • Severe pain
  • Symptoms are affecting your everyday life
  • Appearance of your eyelid has changed (turning in or away)
  • Excessive swelling
  • Rapid deterioration in eyesight
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Possible Causes and Related Conditions
  • Allergies
  • Bell's palsy
  • Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation)
  • Blocked tear duct
  • Blow to the eye or other eye injury
  • Burns
  • Chemical splash in the eye
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Common cold
  • Corneal abrasion
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Dry eyes
  • Ectropion (outwardly turned eyelid)
  • Entropion (inwardly turned eyelid)
  • Epinephrine
  • Eyedrops
  • Foreign object in the eye
  • Granulomatosis with polyangiitis (Wegener's granulomatosis)
  • Hay fever (allergic rhinitis)
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Ingrown eyelash (trichiasis)
  • Keratitis
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Radiation therapy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sjogren's syndrome
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Sty
  • Surgery of the eye or nose
  • Tear duct infection
  • Trachoma
  • Tumors affecting the tear drainage system