Watery eye treatment for children

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What are watery eyes?

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Everything you need to know about watery eyes in children

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Watery eyes is a condition in which there is an overflow of tears onto the face, often without a clear explanation.

It is not unusual for a child to be born with watery eyes. This is because the tear ducts are not fully operating in the first year of life.

Watery eyes can be due to many factors and conditions.

In infants, persistent watery eyes are commonly the result of blocked tear ducts. The tear ducts carry away tears, like a drain, and if they become blocked the tears overflow onto the face.

Stagnant tears in the tear ducts increase the risk of infection, and the eye will produce a sticky liquid, making the problem worse. Infection can also lead to inflammation on the side of the nose, next to the eye.

A massage of the tear ducts is often enough to open the tear ducts and stop the watery eyes.

If the problem persists beyond 12-18 months, we can perform a small procedure to treat the blocked tear ducts.

We can diagnose watery eyes by examining them to see if the drainage channels on the inside of the eye are blocked or not functioning correctly.