While tears play an important role in keeping your eyes healthy, helping lubricate them and washing away foreign particles, excess tear formation can lead to watery eyes.
Excessively watery eyes can be annoying and even impact your ability to see properly.

Watery eyes, medically known as epiphora, are a common eye condition that many people suffer from. Watery eyes means there is an excess of tears, which can give the eyes a glassy look and lead to tears dripping from the eyes.
Epiphora can occur at any age. However, it is more common in babies, children under age 2 and adults over age 60.
Excess or an overproduction of tears can occur due to irritation or inflammation of the surface of the eye. This is the case, for example, when dry eyes actually lead to watery eyes. The body is responding to the irritation and lack of proper lubrication.
Some other common causes of watery eyes are allergies, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, narrowed or blocked tear ducts and eyelids that turn inward or outward. Sometimes, excess tear production occurs when it is cold or windy or when a foreign object gets into the eyes. Also, eye injuries, burns, chemicals in the eye, chronic sinusitis, thyroid disorders and exposure to dust can trigger watery eyes.
Watery eyes may also be induced by certain medications, such as chemotherapy, epinephrine and some eye drops.
Watery eyes can cause irritation, severe itching or a burning sensation in the eyes. Also, the eyes can become red and sensitive to light. Watery eyes left untreated for too long can cause eye strain, which leads to pain.
To treat epiphora, it is important to find out the cause behind it. In most cases, watery eyes can be treated effectively with some simple home remedies.
Caution: Generally, watery eyes clear up within a few days. If the condition persists, you should see your doctor.

Frequent Rinsing

If you have watery eyes due to exposure to dust, harsh sunrays, pollen or any chemical, frequent rinsing with cool water is what you need to do.
Frequent rinsing will help clear the foreign body or chemical from your eyes, which in turn will reduce the symptoms.
To do so, open your eyes and simply start splashing some cool water into them. Do it several times to soothe your eyes and help get rid of the irritant that’s causing the problem.
In the meantime, avoid rubbing your eyes, as it will only worsen the symptoms.

Warm Compress

To deal with different causes of epiphora like eyelid inflammation, dry eyes and pink eyes, a warm compress is very effective.
The heat from the compress increases blood circulation to the area, soothes eye irritation and provides relief from the symptoms.
1.   Soak a clean, lint-free cloth in hot water (not too hot).
2.   Wring out the excess water.
3.   Apply this warm, moist cloth over your closed eyelids for 1 minute at a time.
4.   Rewet the cloth with warm water when it cools and continue doing it for not more than 10 minutes.
5.   Finally, rinse your eyes with lukewarm water (do not use the leftover warm water from the bowl you used to soak the washcloth).
6.   Use this treatment at least twice daily until your symptoms subside.

Cold Compress

Just like a warm compress, a cold compress can also treat watery eyes.
The cold temperature will help tighten up the skin around your eyes as well as relax the blood vessels. This in turn will reduce the formation of excess tears and the associated symptoms.
·      Dip a soft lint-free cloth in cold water and wring out the extra water. Place the cold washcloth on your closed eyelids for 1 minute. Again, dip the cloth in cold water and repeat the process for 5 to 10 minutes. Repeat as needed.
·      Alternatively, wrap a few ice cubes in a clean cloth. Place it on your closed eyelids for 1 minute. Take a 5-minute break before reapplying the compress for 1 minute. Do it 2 or 3 times a day.

Breast Milk

Breast milk is known to be the most perfect food for newborns and can also help fight eye infections that can cause watery eyes in infants.
It contains many antibodies, particularly immunoglobulin E that combats and cures conjunctivitis resulting from an allergic reaction.
A 2007 study published in the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics reports that drops of breast milks can be used as a treatment for infant epiphora.
A 2014 study published in the Journal of Education and Health Promotion reports that maternal education and exclusive breastfeeding are the most fundamental measures decreasing the incidence of various kinds of infections, such as neonatal conjunctivitis .
1.   Put a few drops of breast milk in the eye using a sterilized dropper.
2.   Repeat 3 or 4 times a day until the infection is cured.

Castor Oil

Castor oil is another good remedy for watery eyes.
First of all, it helps reduce tear evaporation in dry eyes, which is important for providing enough lubrication for your eyes. Also, its anti-inflammatory properties can help treat redness and swelling.
A 2007 study published in Cornea analyzed the efficacy of a 1.25% castor oil emulsion and a 0.32% hypromellose solution on the tear physiology of patients with mild to moderate dry eye. Researchers found that the oil-water emulsion was more effective in reducing tear evaporation than the hypromellose after repeated application over one month . For this remedy, only use pure, organic, hexane-free castor oil.
1.   Using an eye dropper, place 1 drop of the castor oil in each eye.
2.   Repeat twice daily.


Chamomile has traditionally been used to tackle conjunctivitis and other eye infections that can cause epiphora.
The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of this herb may account for its beneficial effects. In fact, it inhibits the release of histamine, which helps prevent an allergic reaction that can lead to itchiness and infection in the eyes.
·      Add 1 teaspoon of dried chamomile flowers to a cup of hot water. Steep it for 5 minutes, strain this solution and then use the cool solution as an eyewash 2 or 3 times a day
·      Alternatively, put used chamomile tea bags in the refrigerator. Put the chilled tea bags over your closed eyelids for 10 minutes. Do this 3 or 4 times a day for fast recovery.