Watery eyes is one of the most common complaints at the office. The causes can be so varied that an extensive history and examination are often necessary to completely sort out the problem. Producing extra tears is often your eyes’ defense mechanism against a number of problems, these may include allergies, external irritants (something got into your eye), dryness, among others.

If the excessive tearing is accompanied by redness and itching, the cause is most likely an allergy. In this case, antihistamine eye drops will be prescribed to control the symptoms. In some cases, a change in environment, dirty carpets, pets, etc. can trigger eye allergies, so it’s not just the seasonal changes that may result in red and itchy eyes.