Watery eyes can be very irritating and they can be due to everything from allergies to bacterial infections. No matter what disturbs your eyes, there are several things you can do to prevent them from watering. Common remedies include removing potential environmental irritants, such as dust, pollen, contaminants and makeup, as well as washing the skin around the eyes and lashes, rinsing your eyes gently with water, applying eye drops and applying a warm compress. If these measures do not work, see your doctor, who may be able to diagnose and treat the problem. There are also some things you can do to prevent watery eyes, such as wearing goggles, wearing sunglasses and wearing your own makeup.
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[ Edit ] Soothing Irritated Eyes
- Rinse eye gently with water if you have a foreign object or debris in it. If you have something stuck in the eye, it can cause water in the eye. Rinse the eye with water to try to remove the object or debris. Keep your eye open under a gentle stream of lukewarm running water. You can also do this in the shower by letting the water hit your forehead and keeping your eye open as the water flows down your face. Or you can wash your eye with an eye protection station or an eye bud. 
- Do not try to pull a foreign object out of the eye with fingers or tweezers.  Seek medical advice if you are sure there is something in your eye and flushing it with water will not work. 
- Use eye drops or artificial tears if your eyes are dry. Dryness can actually cause the eyes to water more than usual. Eye drops moisturize and lubricate the eyes, which can reduce tear production. To use eye drops, tilt your head back and pull down the lower eyelid with your fingertip. Keep the eye drop bottle away from the eyes. Do not allow the bottle tip to touch the eyes. Press the bottle to send an eye drop into your open eye and repeat 2 to 3 times. 
- You can buy eye drops without a counter in a pharmacy.  Follow manufacturer's instructions for how often to use eye drops.
- Remove your contact lenses if you are wearing them. If you wear contact lenses and your eyes water, you can try removing your contact lenses. Contacts can make watery eyes worse and can also prevent eye drops from working. Talk to your ophthalmologist if you think your contacts may be oblivious to your watery eyes. 
- Follow your eye doctor's instructions to keep your contact lenses clean. If you wear disposable contact lenses, never wear them more than once. Always dispose of them after use.
- Never sleep with your contact lenses unless the ophthalmologist says it's okay.
- Avoid wearing your contact lenses when swimming or showering.
- Make an eye compress to soothe irritated eyes. First, remove any eye makeup you are wearing and wash your face and skin around the eyes. Then keep a clean washcloth under warm to hot water and squeeze out excess water. Lie down or lie down in a chair and place the washcloth over your closed eyes. Hold the cloth in place for 5 to 10 minutes. 
- Repeat 3 to 4 times a day to soothe eyes.
- Hot compresses help remove the crust from the eyes while working to loosen anything that can block your tear ducts. They also help reduce the redness and irritation that often comes with watery eyes.
[ Edit ] Get help from your doctor
- Talk to your doctor about antihistamines for watery eyes from allergies. Taking an antihistamine or allergy pills can help reduce eye irritation caused by allergies. Talk to your doctor if you are unsure if your watery eyes are the result of allergies and if antihistamines may be helpful for your watery eyes. 
- The most common antihistamine drug is the capsule form of diphenhydramine, taken orally. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for how to take this medicine. 
- Ask your doctor about antibiotics for a bacterial eye infection. If you go to a doctor about your watery eyes, they may prescribe an antibiotic if they suspect you have a bacterial eye infection. Bacterial infections respond well to antibiotics; However, if your watery eye is caused by a virus, your doctor may not prescribe any medication and will ask you to wait for a week to see if the condition is improving or not. 
- Think about the medications you are taking and that can cause eye watering. Some medications can cause watery eyes as a side effect. Check the labels of your prescription drugs and ask your doctor if you are not sure. If watery eyes are a lasting side effect of any medication you are taking, talk to your doctor about the possibility of switching to something else. Do not stop taking the medicine without consulting your doctor first. Some common types of medicines that can cause watery eyes include: 
- Chemotherapy Drugs
- Cholinergic Agonists
- Some eye drops, such as ecothiophthalate iodide2 ] Discuss other possible causes of watery eyes with your doctor. There are a variety of medical conditions that can cause watery eyes. If you have not been able to determine the cause of your watery eyes, ask your doctor for help. Some conditions that can cause watery eyes include: 
- Allergic conjunctivitis
- Allergic rhinitis
- Blepharitis (inflamed eyelids)
- Blocked Tear Duct
- Ingrown Eyelashes
- Pink Eye
- Hay Fever
- Tear Canal Infection
- Talk to your doctor about procedures for treating blocked tear ducts. If you often have watery eye problems due to plugged tear ducts, you may need an irrigation, intubation or surgical procedure to clear the blockage. These options would only be required if other methods of clearing the block did not work or your watery eyes are chronic. Some options may include: 
- Punctal dilation . If the tears cannot flow properly through the tear duct openings, punctual dilatation can be made. The ophthalmologist applies local anesthetic to the affected eye. An instrument will be used to widen the opening of the tear duct so that the tears can flow properly through it. 
- Stenting or intubation . In this procedure, the doctor trains a thin tube through one or both of your tear ducts. The tube expands the opening of your tear ducts, making it easier for the tears to drain. The tubes are left for about 3 months. This procedure can be performed under local or general anesthesia. 
- Dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR) . DCR is a surgical procedure that may be required if a less invasive method does not work. DCR creates a new channel for tears to flow through. The surgeon uses the existing tear sac in your nose to create the canal. DCR requires local or general anesthesia. 
[ Edit ] Protecting Your Eyes
- Protect your eyes from foreign objects and debris with goggles. When working with chemicals, power tools, or around lots of airborne particles, such as sawdust, make sure you wear safety goggles or other safety goggles. These materials can be put into the eyes and get the eyes to water. Wearing goggles also helps protect your eyes from large or small objects that may strike you in the eye and cause injury. 
- You can buy goggles at a hardware store. Choose a pair that protects your eyes from all sides.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. Sunglasses protect your eyes from harsh UV rays that can make your eyes water. Sunglasses can also act as a shield against particles and other debris that may be swept up by the wind and possibly blow into the eyes. 
- Before you put on your sunglasses, make sure you wipe away any dust that may have accumulated on them.
- Run an air purifier in your home to reduce annoying environments. An air purifier can help filter out dust and other potential irritants in the air. Try to keep an air cleaner in a central area of your home and run it during the day, or place an air cleaner in your bedroom and run it at night. 
- This can be especially useful if you suffer from indoor allergies, such as dust and pets.
- Thoroughly clean your eyes to remove eye makeup or avoid using it. Avoid eyeliner and any eye makeup you apply along the waterline. Applying makeup to these eye areas can irritate the eyes. Failure to clean your eyes thoroughly after wearing any type of eye makeup can lead to plugged tear ducts along the lash line. 
- Use a gentle facial cleanser to wash your face and then wipe your eyes with a washcloth to wipe away any remaining eye makeup.
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- Be careful when discarding tissues or washcloths you have used to dry your eyes. If you have a bacterial or viral infection, you can spread the infection to someone else if they come into contact with your tissue or cloth.
[ Edit ] Warnings
- If your watery eyes persist, see a doctor. You may have a viral or bacterial infection.
- Avoid activities that require good eyesight, such as driving, until your eyes stop watering. Having watery eyes can make sight-oriented activities difficult or even dangerous.
- Do not use perfumes, hair sprays and other fragrant aerosol products. These can cause eyes to water.
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[ Edit ] References  [ Edit ] Quick overview
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- Think about the medications you are taking and that can cause eye watering. Some medications can cause watery eyes as a side effect. Check the labels of your prescription drugs and ask your doctor if you are not sure. If watery eyes are a lasting side effect of any medication you are taking, talk to your doctor about the possibility of switching to something else. Do not stop taking the medicine without consulting your doctor first. Some common types of medicines that can cause watery eyes include: