5 Ways to Stop Watery Eyes and Burning Eyes | What Causes Watery Eyes?
Epiphora (the medical term for teary eyes) occurs because the eyes are dry. How can this be possible? It's because the tears of your eyes are made up of three layers, and these three layers must function properly for the eyes to feel and look great. If even one of the layers is not doing its job, the other layers end up running off of the front surface of the eyes...right onto your cheeks. For some, this can be completely humiliating so we've got a few tips for you to decrease this occurrence.
An eyelid hygiene regimen should be followed twice per day if you've got watery eyes. A hypochlorous spray cleanser, like Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser, is perfect for this because hypochlorous acid is naturally made by the body to fight microorganisms on the skin and mucous membranes. Simply spray the solution onto a cotton ball or round and gently wipe the eyelids. Alternatively, you can spray the solution directly onto your closed eyelids and rub in. There's no need to rinse it off, either.
2. Drink Water
To decrease your dry eye symptoms, you'll want to increase your intake of water whenever you are experiencing watery eyes. We recommend drinking at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day, which will help you flush your system out, fight inflammation, and lubricate your eyes the proper way.
3. Sleep More, Stress Less
Cortisol increases when you're not sleeping well and when you're stressed. This can increase inflammation in the body and contribute to tears that do not work correctly. When inflammation is out of control, your body has a tough time fighting bacteria, allergies, and other ailments which can lead to teary eyes. Ensure that you're getting enough rest and relaxation each day.
4. Eat Your Greens... Leafy Green Vegetables
Remove all of the processed foods and trans fats from your diet, focusing instead on plant based eating (lots of fruits, veggies, and healthy fats!) Leafy, green veggies are especially helpful and these include things like kale, spinach, chard, and arugula. Incorporate these into each meal, and you'll be well on your way to fighting inflammation throughout your body.
5. Use a Warm Compress
To help with meibomian gland issues and inadequate oil production, you'll want to use a warm compress. We recommend purchasing a dry eye mask for convenience.
This can help loosen any compacted oils within your meibomian glands and release those oils onto the eyes.
Microwave your mask for 20 seconds, until warm to the touch (test on the inside of your wrist before using).
What Causes Watery Eyes and What Causes Your Eyes to Burn?
Let's dive in a little deeper into why your eyes might be watering. Your tears are composed of three layers; An oily (lipid) layer, a watery (aqueous) layer, and a mucin layer. The outer layer of the tear film is the oil one, which seals in the tears and prevents evaporation. The lubricating watery layer is in the middle, and the innermost layer is the mucin layer, which functions to keep the rest of the tears stuck to your eyeball.
When you have meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), dry eye, or blepharitis, the layers of the tears are disrupted, which can lead to watering eyes. Also, if your eyelids are not positioned tightly against your eyeball, the tears that should stay on your eyes may begin flowing down your cheeks. Another reason for epiphora may be a drainage problem, meaning that the tiny hole where the tears drain may be closed off (this is known as nasolacrimal duct obstruction, or NLDO).
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