do your eyes water for no apparent reason in 
this video i'm going to talk about the top   five conditions that may cause your eyes to 
water and what you can do about it let's focus in hey howdy everybody i'm dr neal guymon dr eyeguy 
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on those weeping eyes now these are the top five   most common conditions that i see in the clinic 
that may cause your eyes to water there's about   a million different causes but these are the 
top five most common number one is dry eyes now   usually when i see a patient and they tell me that 
their eyes have been watering and then i tell them   right back hey your eyes are dry they look at me 
like i'm a crazy loony bin and that i didn't even   listen to a word that they said but it's true 
sometimes eyes watering or that watery eye is a   protective mechanism that kicks in when your eyes 
may be dry your eyes are dry it sends the message   back to the brain the brain responds by flooding 
the tears under the eyes to compensate and a lot   of times it's more tears than the eyes can handle 
and they'll tend to weep off the side causing you   to want to wipe away the tears a lot one thing 
that i see associated with this dry eye in the   clinic is a lot of times people will get something 
called keratitis or inflammation of the cornea   right on the surface of the eye it's pretty much 
little versions of dry patches a lot of times what   i say is sometimes you'll get these dry patches on 
your hands if your hands are really dry and you'll   go to put lotion on them same thing on the eye 
you can get dry patches on the surface of the eye   and your eyes and brain will want to compensate by 
dumping more tears on there to coat the cracks and   dry patches of that eye now unfortunately dry eyes 
can be very complicated to treat because there's a   lot of different reasons a lot of different 
conditions and root causes to dry eye that   sometimes can be overwhelming at what treatment 
will work the best for you now as a baseline   baseline when you're talking about dry eyes you 
want to be drinking enough water plenty of water   you do want to be using those over-the-counter 
artificial tears like i said if you get dry   patches on your knuckles you want to put lotion on 
there if you get dry patches on your eyes you want   to put artificial tears on there further things 
that you can do is definitely make sure that   you're up on your omega-3s even if it's omega-3 
supplements eating your fish if you want to eat   fish you can use a humidifier to make sure that 
the air around you is nice and moist now i plan   on making future videos about dry eyes that goes 
more into depth about certain dry eye conditions   and treatments so make sure you subscribe for 
that in the future number two is allergies now   what's tricky about this is some people may 
not even notice that they have allergies that   are causing their eyes to water they might not 
have the runny nose or sneezing or the typical   allergy symptoms but they might have just a little 
low-grade allergy just enough to irritate the eyes   and make the eyes water now in the clinic a lot 
of times i'll pull people's eyelids down and on   the inside of the eyelids you'll have these tiny 
little bumps called papillae that will show up if   you're experiencing any allergies and these little 
bumps will secrete the chemical histamine that can   make your eyes red and itchy and also cause some 
inflammation which will eventually lead the eyes   to water so for this one the best thing you can do 
is try and avoid the allergen if you know what the   allergen is sometimes people don't even know what 
is irritating their eyes if you don't know what   the allergen is the best thing you can do is get 
your hands on an allergy eye drop there are really   good over-the-counter allergy eye drops the best 
one for me that i usually recommend to patients is   called pat a day and i'll put a link down below 
so you can check that out but works really well   they have one drop versions where you can just 
put a drop in the morning works throughout the day   also two drop a day so morning and night also 
works really well number three is something called   blepharitis blepharitis is the inflammation of the 
eyelids you'll specifically see this inflammation   right around the base of the eyelashes in fact a 
lot of times you can see a lot of flakes or gunk   that are built up on the base of the eyelashes 
and this may cause the rim or the margin of the   eyelid to get red and inflamed and irritated now 
sometimes if you have those flakes the flakes   themselves will fall into the eye and cause the 
eyes to be irritated in water now the chronic   condition of this blepharitis is you have bacteria 
they're sitting right on the base of the eyelashes   and they'll produce these toxins and these toxins 
bacteria poop will sit on the surface of the   eyelashes eyelids and a lot of the toxins will 
get on the surface of the eye this will in turn   cause the eyelids to become more inflamed more 
red make the eye more irritated more inflamed and   make the eye water blepharitis can actually be a 
chronic cycle and it's sometimes really tricky to   break the cycle and treat now the baseline there 
is you want to be able to keep your eyelids and   eyelashes as clean as possible sometimes you'll 
have doctors that will recommend applying baby   shampoo to actually wash your eyelashes 
what i found that works the best for home   maintenance of blepharitis is actually to clean 
the eyelids with specific blepharitis or eyelid   wipes probably the most common one that you'll 
see out there is called ocusoft and really simple   if you can do it twice a day the better but at 
least at night time go in and clean your your   eyelids and your eyelashes out really clean down 
to the margin you can even go up further up to   the eyebrow just to try and get all those flakes 
off any bacteria or allergens that got caught into   the eyelashes if you can keep those clean then 
you'll have the best chance of breaking the cycle   of this blepharitis hey if you're finding value of 
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me okay number four that i see in the clinic is a   blocked tear duct now we have little tiny opening 
holes on the inside corner of our eyelids called   puncta the puncta is actually what drains the 
tears out of her eye and if you can imagine if   you have a blocked tear duct or a block drain then 
tears will not flow down that drain and said there   will be forced out the side of the eye or down 
the middle now a lot of you can relate to this   they have kids a really common thing that you'll 
see in infants newborn babies is they'll have a   blocked tear duct and they'll constantly get this 
this buildup of tears in the corner of their eyes   sometimes there'll be a slight infection in there 
with some gunk and mucus in there and it's just   because that that tear duct is blocked in there 
and it's not allowing tears to flow and flush   the eye out so if you're experiencing something 
like this the best thing you can do is actually   massage the drainage tube that's on the corner 
of the eye if you can get right in the corner   of the eye and kind of massage it especially if 
you can apply heat a little bit that will allow   or hopefully move any kind of drainage that's 
in the corner of that that eye or the drainage   tube down there and kind of help it flush it out 
now sometimes people get an infection in there may   need or may require an antibiotic an ointment or 
a drop that can help clear that infection that's   in the puncture now sometimes you can just be 
born with a narrow tubing or a narrow drain   and so you'll have eyes that water for no apparent 
reason maybe it's just because you have a narrow   drain that can't handle all of your tears on your 
eye now there's something that's called punctal   irrigation where we can actually squirt saline 
solution through that drainage to try and get rid   of whatever block might be there that's holding 
up all the tears number five that i usually see   in the clinic is general problems with the eyelids 
themselves now the eyelids play a vital role in   keeping your tears on your eyes moving them in the 
right direction if you have something wrong with   the eyelids they droop they don't sit right up on 
the eyeball then your eyelids won't be able to do   their job in moving the tears in the right place 
now there's something called ectropion where the   eyelid the bottom eyelid may droop out a little 
bit make it loose and lax and droop out now i said   before there's little drainage holes on the inside 
corner of the eyelid and if that eyelet is drooped   out the tears won't find that drain and instead 
will leak out the side of the eyelids on the other   side now on the flip side there's something called 
entropion where the eyelids will actually curl   into the eye and what happens there is sometimes 
the eyelashes on the on the eyelid will be   pointing in towards the eyeball and kind of rub 
and scrape and poke on the eye causing it to   be irritated and causing that reflex tearing to 
happen causing your eyes to water another thing   if you have just really relaxed lids or maybe not 
blink the whole way sometimes if you only do this   half blink you'll get a section of the eye that's 
just constantly exposed to the air and will dry   out really quickly now if you have that dryness 
of the eye it will cause the eyes of water now you   can concentrate on doing eyelid blink exercises 
there's actually eyelid blink exercises out there   does help some people kind of funny to tell people 
to you know work on exercising their eyelid blinks   but they are out there to kind of keep your eyes 
blinked to coat the whole eye with entropy and   where the eyelashes are open on the eye you can 
actually go in there and pluck the eyelashes out   to reduce the eye watering you can also if it's 
really bad you can get those eyelash follicles   destroyed so it doesn't grow any more eyelashes 
with ectropion where the eyelid is drooped out   a lot of times you're going to need surgery to 
bring that eyelid back up onto the surface of   the eyeball there's about a billion different 
things that may cause the eyes to water i could   literally make this list with a hundred things on 
it but this video would have been two hours long   but these are the top five things that i see in 
the clinic honorable mentions would be obviously   foreign body if there's something in the eye cause 
your eyes to water conjunctivitis pink eye will   usually make your eyes water then obviously 
there's a lot of normal things that may cause   your eyes to water cutting onions those onions 
chemicals will spark your eyes to water yawning   can stimulate the nerve that causes your eyes to 
produce some tears and flood the eyes with tears   if you're having eye watering and not as sure 
exactly what is causing it it's just best to   go in and see your eye doctor he'll be able to 
tell you exactly what may be causing your eyes   to water and what you can do about it hey thanks 
for watching the video everybody comment below   if you've had any experiences with these random 
episodes of eye watering and again i'm dr eyeguy   committed to looking out for you and your eyes 
stay focused and i'll see you in the next video you

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