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What does it mean when your have dry eyes but have too many tears?

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Sometimes, dry eyes create too many tears. This confusing condition is called reflex tearing. It happens because the lack of moisture irritates your eye. It sends a distress signal through your nervous system for more lubrication. Your body sends a flood of tears to try to make up for the dryness. It’s a lot like what happens when you get sand in your eye and it runs. However, these tears are mostly water, so they don’t act like normal tears. They can wash debris away, but they can’t coat your eye’s surface.

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute.

University of California, Berkeley.

Review of Ophthalmology: “A Stepwise Approach to Treating OSD.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on September 12, 2020

SOURCES:

National Eye Institute.

University of California, Berkeley.

Review of Ophthalmology: “A Stepwise Approach to Treating OSD.”

Reviewed by Whitney Seltman on September 12, 2020

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