An abnormal overflow of tears from the eyes is called epiphora or watery eye. Acute episodes usually result from an irritant to the eyes, such as sawdust or an allergy. They usually clear up quickly with minor treatment. However, chronic epiphora is usually more complex, and the condition may require surgery.
This leaflet is intended to provide you with general information. It is not a substitute for advice from your ophthalmologist. You are encouraged to discuss the benefits and risks of treatment with your ophthalmologist.