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Common Causes of Watery Eyes in the Morning

Watery eyes in the morning can be both irritating and uncomfortable. This condition is often caused by a number of factors that range from environmental to medical conditions. Here are some of the most common causes of watery eyes in the morning:


Allergies can cause inflammation of the eyes and nose, leading to excessive tearing. Common allergens include pollen, pet dander, and dust mites.

Dry eyes

Dry eyes can also cause excessive tearing as the eyes try to compensate for the lack of moisture. This is often caused by decreased tear production or poor quality tears.

Blocked tear ducts

Blocked tear ducts can prevent tears from draining properly, leading to excessive tearing.


Straining your eyes for prolonged periods, such as staring at a computer screen for too long, can cause watery eyes.


Infections, such as a sinus infection or a cold, can cause watery eyes due to inflammation and irritation of the eyes and nasal passages.

If you’re continually suffering from watery eyes, especially during the morning hours, consider the potential causes detailed above. From there, do your best to diagnose the condition and obtain the right type of treatment. You don’t have to learn to live with this issue.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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