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Epiphora, or "watery eyes", has several causes, Most commonly found in children and older people, epiphora can affect anyone. Watery eyes are normal tears that aren't properly draining from your eye. Although Epiphora isn't a life-threatening condition, it can be uncomfortable and embarrassing for the sufferer. Tears are necessary for the health of your eye and provide necessary moisture. For Epiphora sufferers, excess tears spill over onto the face, instead of draining through the nasolacrimal system. The excess tears may make it difficult to see and could affect the ability to drive safely.

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1. Cause: Blocked Tear Ducts

Babies have thick tears, which cause buildup in their tear ducts. For older people, tear ducts may become clogged, thus leading to watery eyes. Many clogged tear ducts can be cleared at home, using simple massage.  Using a clean, warm, damp cloth, gently rub the tear duct (located in the inside corner of the eye) in a circular motion several times a day. Eventually, the clog will work itself out. Be careful - sometimes the clogged tear duct can become infected, causing sore, red skin between the eyes and nose.

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