How Tearing Eyes Can Be a Symptom of Dry Eye Disease

An estimated 55 million Americans have Dry Eye Syndrome (DES). Symptoms of DES can include any of the following:

  • Grittiness or a scratchy sensation
  • Blurred Vision
  • Difficulty wearing contact lenses
  • Eye Fatigue
  • Dryness
  • Burning or stinging
  • Discomfort
  • Sensitivity to light
  • And yes even, watery eyes


While it sounds contradictory that watery eyes are a symptom of dry eye syndrome, it is actually true. The reason for this is because your body reacts to the dryness of your eyes by typically overproducing tears to help counteract those symptoms. However, this usually only serves as a temporary remedy.
dry-eyes-layer-tear-filmOur tears are made up of water (aqueous), oil (lipid), and mucous (mucin). There are two different predominant forms of dry eye: aqueous and evaporative. When a person suffers from the aqueous form of dry eye, the lacrimal glands in the eye don’t produce enough of the watery component of tears. In evaporative, it is caused by a meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) in which there is a deficiency in the oil layer of the tear film. MGD affects the majority of most people who suffer from dry eyes.
There are a variety of causes of DES including: medications, contact lens wear, hormonal changes, low blink rates, and diseases. Eyes of York is an accredited Dry Eye Center as we offer a wide array of testing and treatment options to help us get to the root of what is causing your dry eye. Our Dry Eye Clinic Program was designed with our patients in mind. We recognize that not every individual has the same level of severity in dry eyes, therefore, they should not be treated as they do.
To learn more about our testing or treatment options, visit our Dry Eye Clinic Program page on our website or call our office at 717-767-2000.
Our office offers a Free LipiView Screening to test for Dry Eye Syndrome. It is held the 3rd Friday of every month from 12pm – 2pm at our office, with our next screening on January 19th. Registration is required for these events, click here to learn more and sign up for your FREE Dry Eye Screening.