Eye Clinic

Watery Eyes

Watery Eyes Introduction:

You may experience watery eyes (technically called epiphora) when your eyes produce too many tears.  While tears are necessary to protect your eyes and keep them healthy, too many tears can cause problems.  An excessive volume of tears can overwhelm our tear ducts and lead to watery eyes.  Read on to find out more about watery eyes and how Chinese Medicine can help you treat them.

Why Do My Eyes Water?

There are many different factors that could be causing your eyes to water.  Some of these factors include:

  • Foreign objects in your eye
  • Obstructed tear ducts
  • Injuries
  • Allergies
  • Infection
  • Inflammation
  • Changes in the structure or function of your eyelid 
  • Dry eyes
  • Exposure to the sun or wind
  • Too much screen time
  • Medications such as blood pressure drugs, chemotherapy drugs, eyedrops, and steroids
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Symptoms of Watery Eyes:

Watery eyes can range from slightly watery, to an excessive overproduction of tears.  The condition may also be accompanied by other symptoms such as:

  • Sore or red eyes
  • Enlarged blood vessels
  • Sharp pains in your eyes
  • Swollen eyelids or eye area
  • Blurred vision 
  • Sensitivity to light

How Can Chinese Medicine Help?

Traditional Chinese medicine is known for greatly improving many eye conditions and inconveniences.  In contrast to many mainstream treatment options, Chinese Medicine heals your body by addressing underlying health issues.  A common problem that many of us have (although we may not realise it), is an imbalance in the energy of our organs.  All the organs in our bodies are important, and they all work together to maintain the health of the whole body.  Since our organs are all connected, imbalances in one organ can lead to symptoms in other parts of the body.

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For example, the liver and gallbladder maintain the joints, nerves, and detoxification system.  However, these important organs also help to maintain eye health.  So, in order to heal eye problems like epiphora, your Chinese Medicine practitioner will first need to make sure your liver and gallbladder are functioning properly.  

Chinese Medicine practitioners use natural and effective techniques like acupuncture, acupressure, and Chinese herbal medicines to treat the root cause of health problems.  Acupuncture especially has been recognised as a beneficial method of treating watery eyes.  In fact, a group of researchers “…have treated 34 cases of epiphora due to dysfunction of the lacrimal duct with a warm needle puncturing at the Jingming (UB 1) point. The effect was significantly better than that of the control group treated with lacrimal duct irrigation and norflaxacin eye drops (a total effective rate of 91.07% vs. 54.29%).”

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Overall, epiphora or watery eyes occur when your eyes produce too many tears.  This can be due to factors such as injuries, sun or wind, or problems with your eyelid.  Chinese Medicine is an effective and natural way to treat watery eyes, as it gets to the heart of the problem.

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