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Watering eye is a condition where tearsÂ are producedÂ without any obvious explanation.Â The medical name isÂ epiphora.
Watering eye can happenÂ at any age, but itÂ isÂ most common in young babies (0â"12 months of age) and people over 60. It can affect one or both eyes.
How tears work
The lacrimal gland constantly produces tears to keep the eyes moist and lubricated. The lacrimal gland is a small gland located above and outside each eye. When you blink, tears are spread over the front of your eyes to keep them moist.
Excess tears usually drain away through tiny channels known as canaliculi, which are found on the inside of the eyes. The tears drain into a tear âsacâ, then flow down a tube (tear duct) and into the nose.
If your tear ducts become blocked or narrowed, or if you have an eye infection, excess tears can build up and cause the tear ducts to overflow.
Watering eye can be treated.Â TreatmentÂ depends on how severe the problem is and what is causing it.Â Mild cases of watering eye may not need treatment at all.
Eye conditions such as watering eye may have implications for driving. See Useful linksÂ to find outÂ how to inform the DVLA about medical conditions.view information about Watering Eye on www.nhs.co.uk »
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