The watery eye
The eye is covered with a mucous membrane, known as the conjunctiva . It protects the eye and keeps it moist by producing tears regularly. Over hydration happens when the eyes produce more tears than normal. This can be a sign of an infection (for example, dry eye, blocked lacrimal pathways, dysregulation of the lacrimal glands …) when it is not caused by an emotion.
If your eye is tearful and you feel a discomfort or a sensation of infection, it is recommended that you visit your optometrist. The causes of an overhydrated eye can vary from person to person and each case might require a different solution. It’s good to know that this type of condition is not dangerous, but can be painful.
Conjunctivitis, also referred to as pink or red eye, can make the eyes itchy, oozy and crusty. It is fairly easy to manage or treat.
Conjunctivitis can affect one or both eyes. It comes in different forms:
How to spot it ?
The eyes will be red and inflamed, and there can be a thick yellow discharge, which crusts over the eyelashes, especially after sleep. Itchy or watery eyes are also common symptoms. Some people may experience a burning or gritty sensation in the eyes, or swollen eyelids. Infective conjunctivitis can be accompanied by cold-like symptoms, such as a fever or a sore throat. Allergic conjunctivitis often occurs in connection with hay fever symptoms, such as sneezing and a runny, itchy nose.
Itching of the eye
Eye itching is usually caused by allergies, but conjunctivitis, fatigue or eye strain can also be the cause. If you have a doubt on having an infection, please visit your optometrist immediately.
Distinguishing the infections of the eyes:
An itchy eye is not always due to an infection or an allergy. It can also be caused by: