tearing involuntary

Written by: Dr. Ignacio Genol Saavedra
Edited by: Top Doctors®

The accidental tearing or epiphora is a very annoying situation in which there is an overflow of tears on the cheek. Although can occur at any age is, however, more common among babies under 12 months and adults over 60 years.


Cause it can cause

There are two main causes of tearing. blocked tear ducts or excessive production of tears

If a patient tear ducts are narrowed or blocked ( commonly known as governing ) your tears will not be able to drain and accumulate in the eye and finally overflowed cheek. This stagnation of tears increases the risk of infections and can make us see a blur.

Excessive production of tears occurs when a eye irritation is produced as when you have conjunctivitis or working in environments with heating.



It is not always easy to determine why one eye crying. It is therefore important that the patient be examined by a specialist ophthalmologist in via lacrimal ( oculoplastic surgeon) to explore the ocular surface and the state of the tear ducts in the consulting room. Sometimes it is necessary to make a specific scanner radiographs or the via tear.



If the reason is excessive production of tears we will have to treat the underlying cause of the same, ie, the conjunctivitis. When it comes to babies born with blocked duct and have frequent tearing and conjunctivitis catheterisation via the tear is made, which is an easy, safe and highly effective procedure.

If the patient has a blockage of the tear ducts the solution passes through create a new way of drain between the eye and the nostril. This intervention can be performed through the skin, through the nasal fossa or through the tear ducts I own using a laser specially designed for this intervention.

In any case, it is always advisable to consult an ophthalmologist specialist in diseases of the lacrimal via therefore may provide a more customized to your needs treatment.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection
Dr. Ignacio Genol Saavedra

By Dr. Ignacio Genol Saavedra

Featured ophthalmologist with exclusive dedication ocular plastic surgery. He is adept at tearing, blepharoplasty and thyroid orbitopathy on which he has published many articles. Currently holds Chiron Hospital Universitario Madrid.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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