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My right eye has started to weep quite badly more than a year ago at the age of 49. I had also several infections during the year due to the epiphora. The opthalmologist said that there was nothing to do about it and I had just to get used to it. He believes that it may have been triggered by the menopause. I have/had dry eyes anyway which could be a cause. I remember exactly when it started after a day having used extensively the underground and I thought at first that the weeping came from wind/draught. I had mild conjunctivitis and at first we thought I had an allergy. I had three periods of a couple of weeks when my eye was fine (mainly after treatment with antibiotics), but eventually it started again with no particular reason. I have also been in Portugal, New Zealand and a few other countries (warmer or colder) but there was no change whatsoever. I am not stressed and I have not put on makeup for quite a while. However, I very often have pain behind the root of the nose and oddly I feel some pain in the muscles around the eye. I told this to the doctor and he thinks there is no correlation.

I am normally not complaining. However, I do not know about you but I cannot get used to it. I can just accept it.

By the way, a pharmacist told me that a lady started epiphora in her late forties and at 92 she still has it.

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    Both my eyes suddenly started watering in 2001, so badly I had to start using waterproof makeup. GP said it was my age (51 at the time) and now at 63 it has got so bad I can't see where I am going and am continually mopping my eyes with kitchen towel as tissues are insufficient. I was referred to the hospital who checked I didn't have blocked tear ducts but didn't. Was told there was an op available but the success rate was only 30% and would be left with scarring above the eyebrow, so decided against it. I get very sore red eyelids. I am so so tired of this as I always feel like a mess and people keep asking me if I am ok (they think I am crying!). When I bend over tear drops literally drop to the ground, I feel like my eyes are drowning. So please there must be someone out there who can finally put an end to this suffering.
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      I'm hoping you are still signed up to this forum. My symptoms are indentical to yours, if I put my head forward, tears literally drop to the floor. I have tried almost everything I can think of but to no avail. It's debiltating to say the least and, like you, people think I'm crying or about to.

      I hate it and would do naything to get rid of it.

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      Hi Karen. I am afraid I still suffer from watery eyes but since retiring 17 months ago the symptoms have eased slightly. Wonder whether it is due to not wearing makeup daily or not going out as much in cold weather. However if I get dolled up for the evening I stand at bus stop dabbing my face. Have tried everything even changing make up I used for years but nothing really works. Think only answer is to emigrate to warmer climate. Good luck. Corinne
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    Hello, I started to get watery eyes last September and now in May 2014 they are worse than ever. I have had two referalls to Specialists, the first diagnosed allergic conjunctivitus, in Jan '14 In April I had a second opinion who diagnosed Blepharitus. I have tried all the drops,gels and ointments. Have had antibiotic and steriod treatment. Have followed various rigorous hygene regimes. And am still suffering with watery, sore red eyes. My confidence and appearance have both been affected. I wont go out without dark glasses on and am continually mopping tears away. I will try anything to get rid of this condition.  I read on the Blepharitus furum that Wet Ones, the antiseptic wipes had been successful in controling symptoms, so am off to buy a pack and give them a try.
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