Too Much or Too Little Tears

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  • Tears appear abnormally

  • Tears come out too much

  • A large amount of tears

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Any abnormality of the amount of tear due to dysfunction during tear production or drainage.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Eye pain

  • Photophobia

Possible causes

  • Sjogren syndrome

    An autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks the organs that produce tears and saliva. This results in dry eyes and dry mouth. In some cases, the internal organs can also be gradually affected.

  • Cluster headache

    This condition presents with repetitive brief headaches that occur as episodes of severe pain (characteristically on one side of the head) associated with possible eye redness/tearing or runny nose, occurring in bouts or "clusters" of several per day, possibly lasting for weeks or even months in a row. The pain can be disabling, interfering greatly with daily life.

  • Pesticide poisoning

  • Uveitis

  • Organophosphate poisoning

  • Hydrogen sulfide poisoning

  • Adenovirus infection

  • Formaldehyde poisoning

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do your eyes produce too much or too little tears?

  • Do you have eye pain?

  • Do you have dry eyes?

  • Do you have swollen eyes?

  • Do you have eye discharge?

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