How to Treat Watery Eyes?
Watery eyes, (technically called epiphora), is a condition that occurs when our eyes produce too many tears. While tears are necessary to keep our eyes healthy, too many tears can cause problems. Excessive volumes of tears can obstruct our vision, disrupting daily life. In this article we’ll discuss treatments for watery eyes, including how Chinese Medicine can help.
Epiphora can be diagnosed by your doctor or eye specialist. A typical diagnosis will include a physical exam, and discussion of your symptoms and medical history. During your appointment, your practitioner will examine your eyes, especially the upper and lower eyelids, looking for the cause of your condition. Your doctor may use a scope to check the blood vessels behind your eye, and your eye pressure. Your nasal passages may also be examined. If there is any discharge from your eyes, such as pus, it may be tested for bacteria or viruses.
Treatment for watery eyes will depend on what’s causing your condition. In some cases, watery eyes may resolve on their own. Here are some common treatment options for different causes of watery eyes:
Infections and Inflammation:
If your watery eyes are being brought on by a bacterial infection, your doctor can prescribe antibiotic drops or ointments to treat it. However, most viral infections can heal on their own without treatment. To soothe swelling, apply a warm compress to your eyes and use clean water to remove any crusting.
To remove a foreign object (such as dust or an eyelash), gently flush out your eye with clean water. Be sure to wash your hands and remove contact lenses before rinsing your eyes. If your eye is still watering or painful after flushing, you may wish to see a doctor.
Blocked Tear Ducts and Eyelid Changes:
If you have a blocked tear duct, this will usually clear up on its own. If an infection is causing your tear ducts to get blocked, your doctor may treat it with antibiotics. Occasionally, surgery can be used to repair eyelid changes, or to improve tear duct drainage.
If your watery eyes are caused by allergies, try avoiding seasonal allergens like pollen. Not everyone is allergic to the same triggers, so it may take some time to figure out what exactly is triggering your allergies. If you cannot avoid the allergen, there are medications available to help soothe your symptoms. These include antihistamines, eye drops, nasal spray, and decongestants.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
Here at Centre of Balance, our team of qualified Chinese Medicine practitioners use techniques like Balance Method Acupuncture to help heal many conditions including eye problems. One of the benefits of treating eye problems like watery eyes with Chinese Medicine is that your practitioner can address the root cause of your condition. In your first appointment, your practitioner will discuss in depth with you about your symptoms and medical history and may take your pulse or examine your tongue. Gathering this information allows your practitioner to determine the underlying issues that are causing health problems in your body.
After identifying the main health concern, your practitioner can use techniques like acupuncture to address the problem. Acupuncture needles are extremely thin and can be inserted into specific points on your body for specific purposes. For example, the organs in your body need to be working in harmony to allow healing to occur. So, your acupuncturist can balance your organs by accessing the network of energy meridians through specific points.
Researchers have found that acupuncture is an effective treatment for healing watery eyes. In this study, the practitioners “…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 can sometimes go away on its own. But there are also many treatments available for watery eyes, depending on what’s causing the problem. Common treatments range from antibiotics to warm compresses, to medications, and flushing your eyes with clean water. Chinese Medicine and acupuncture are also great treatment options, as they can effectively treat watery eyes by addressing the root cause of the problem.