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What are watery eyes?

In order for the eye to stay healthy, it is important that it is well lubricated. To do so, it has a gland that is responsible for producing lacrimal fluid. When we blink, the eyelid spreads the lacrimal fluid across the surface of the eye. Excess fluid is drawn into a small duct, eventually flowing into the nasal cavity.

Lacrimal fluid is essential to keep the eye healthy.

What causes it?

Watery eyes are caused by an excess of lacrimal fluid produced when the duct that drains the fluid into the nasal cavity is not functioning properly. This blockage causes tears to accumulate on the surface of the eye and overflow onto the cheek.

How can it be prevented?

In most cases, watery eyes cannot be prevented. When associated with a nasal infection or conjunctivitis, adequate treatment is necessary. Avoiding eye trauma helps to prevent blockage of the tear duct.


As well as excessive tearing, other symptoms are produced, such as excessive mucus, eye irritation and inflammation in the corner of the eye.

The lacrimal fluid that accumulates in the tear duct can sometimes become infected, causing pain and inflammation on the inner edge of the eyelids.

Associated treatments

When the tear duct is blocked, surgery can be performed to create a new lacrimal duct (dacryocystorhinostomy). In this procedure, some small silicone tubes are temporarily fitted to ensure that the new tear duct stays open until the healing process has finished.

Tear duct obstruction cannot always be repaired, however. When this occurs, it is necessary to surgically implant an artificial drainage tube.

In both cases, surgery is carried out on an outpatient basis without the need for hospitalisation. Recovery usually takes one week. Patients with tear drainage system problems are treated by oculoplastic surgeons who specialise in diseases and disorders of the eyelids, the lacrimal system, the orbit and adjacent facial structures.

Specialists who treat this pathology


IMO Institute of Ocular Microsurgery

Josep María Lladó, 3
08035 Barcelona
Phone: (+34) 934 000 700
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By car

GPS navigator coordinates:
41º 24’ 38” N – 02º 07’ 29” E

Exit 7 of the Ronda de Dalt (mountain side). The clinic has a car park with more than 200 parking spaces.

By bus

Autobus H2: Rotonda de Bellesguard, parada 1540

Autobus 196: Josep Maria Lladó-Bellesguard, parada 3191

Autobuses H2, 123, 196: Ronda de Dalt – Bellesguard, parada 0071

IMO Madrid

C/ Valle de Pinares Llanos, 3
28035 Madrid
Phone: (+34) 910 783 783
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Public transport

Metro Lacoma (líne 7)

  • Lines 49 & 64, stop “Senda del Infante”
  • Line N21, stop “Metro Lacoma”


Patient care:
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

IMO Andorra

Av. de les Nacions Unides, 17
AD700 Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra
Phone: (+376) 688 55 44
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IMO Manresa

C/ Carrasco i Formiguera, 33 (Baixos)
08242 – Manresa
Tel: (+34) 938 749 160
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Public transport

FGC. Line R5 & R50 direction Manresa. Station/Stop: Baixador de Manresa


Monday to Friday, 08:30 A.M – 13:30 PM / 15:00 PM – 20:00 PM

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