Excessive Tears (epiphora)

Epiphora is a term that describes an overflow of tears from excessive tear production.

Symptoms of Epiphora

​​Symptoms of excessive tear production include:

  • Excessive tearing
  • Lid irritation
  • Matted eyelashes
  • Mucous or pus-like discharge from the tear duct

Possible Causes of Epiphora

Epiphora may be a symptom of several eye conditions, including:

It can be exacerbated by:

  • Environmental factors (such as cold, wind, pollen)
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Eye strain
  • Emotional stress

Treatment of Epiphora

Treatment for Epiphora involves symptom management and diagnosis and treatment of the underlying disorder. Your Medical Eye Center specialist will work with you to determine the cause and develop the best course of treatment.