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The watery eye: it’s worse than you think

Geoff A Wilcsek, Ian C Francis

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Abstract

A watery eye, which is due to a mismatch between the volume of tears produced and the volume of tears removed via the lacrimal drainage system, can have a substantial adverse impact on an individual’s quality of life.

Article Extract

The impact of a watery eye on an individual’s wellbeing is commonly underestimated. However, patients with this problem rate it highly in terms of adverse impact on their quality of life. A ‘wet eye’ and tear overflow may cause embarrassment, as well as blurring of vision that results in difficulty reading, an increased risk of falls and loss of driving confidence. Repeated wiping of the lids may result in lid laxity, ectropion and a dermatitic excoriation of the skin.

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