Epiphora (excessive tearing)

What is epiphora?

Epiphora, or excessive tearing, is often caused by a blocked tear duct, but can also be caused by a eye infection, allergies, an injury in the eye, or an ingrown eyelash.

 

How can it be treated?

Watery eyes can often be treated with medication such as eye drops, but if the cause is a blocked tear duct, it may be necessary to undergo surgery. The surgical procedure involves creating a new passage between the tear sac and the nose, relieving any blockages and allowing the tears to drain properly. Minimally invasive surgery is performed using specialised cameras and equipment through the nose.