Dry & Watery Eyes

Dr. Matzkin Discusses Treatment for Watery Eyes

Dr. Matzkin's Patient Talks About Her Treatment

Watery Eyes

Excessive tearing associated with itching is caused by environmental factors such as allergens, dust, heating and air units. It is worse in the spring and fall. Antihistamine or steroids eye drops are very effective treatment. Once-a-day drops are the latest advance in treating tearing from allergic or seasonal conjunctivitis.

Abnormalities in the tear quality, which some doctors have called “dry eye” can cause excessive tearing. Punctum plugs, previously placed to treat “dry eyes”, often cause excessive watering. Dr. Matzkin will typically remove these plugs and irrigate the lacrimal system to ensure that there is no blockage of drainage to the nose and back of the throat. True “dry eye” is a chronic condition that can be very frustrating to patients and often requires life-long treatment.

conjunctivochalasis

A condition called “conjunctivochalasis” is a common cause of watery eye associated with a foreign body or scratchy sensation. Excessive conjunctiva, the outer “skin” layer of the eye drapes over the eyelid and irritates the eye. A very effective short office procedure is performed by Dr. Matzkin to correct this condition.

Abnormalities of the lid position, especially with advancing age causes excessive tearing. If the lid turns in – entropion, or turns outwards - ectropion, the eye will typically water. Surgery to correct this abnormality has a high rate of success.

If there has been infection in the lacrimal drainage system scarring can occur and results in chronic tearing. Dr. Matzkin performs a surgery called DCR to permanently by-pass the obstruction.

Call to schedule an appointment today for Dr. Matzkin to evaluate and treat your dry or watery eye.

Dry Eyes

Excessive tearing associated with itching is caused by environmental factors such as allergens, dust, heating and air units. It is worse in the spring and fall. Antihistamine or steroids eye drops are very effective treatment. Once-a-day drops are the latest advance in treating tearing from allergic or seasonal conjunctivitis.

  • Eyelid hygiene with warm soaks and scrub
  • Lubricant eye drops and ointment
  • Oral antibiotics
  • Work-up for auto-immune disease like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis
  • Reviewing oral medications which can aggravate dry eyes