Watery eyes are caused by many different factors, as you might expect. In several ophthalmic studies on the problem, factors such as genetics, age and male or female sex have been shown to have significant significant impact on the various causes of watery eye. In people under the age of 55 years the most common causes appear to be punctal (tear duct opening) narrowing and naso-lacrimal duct (tear drainage channel) obstruction. In older individuals the cause is often multifactorial with dry eye syndrome paradoxically causing up to 40% of watery eyes and eyelid laxity causing 5%. Abnormal tear film, dry eye syndrome, mebomian gland dysfunction, blepharitis, entropion and ectropion can all occur in varying degrees of coexistence. Thus the ability to accurately make a diagnosis and give the best treatment is vital.
Dr. Sam Ghazawy spent years studying ophthalmology and oculoplastic surgery. He combines his surgical expertise with his aesthetic and rejevenation expertise to devise new cutting edge medical treatments for a range of conditions that lead to watery eyes. He has successfully treated patients using combination non-surgical methods in conditions such as ectropion (drooping lower eyelid) that would have traditionally needed surgery.
Depending on the cause, or more likely causes, of your watery eyes, anything from tear trough filler to PDO thread lifts to punctoplasty to platelet rich plasma and many other modalities, either alone or in combination may be appropriate.
As with any procedure, there are risks. There is a small risk of infection, bleeding or bruising, failure of the treatment to improve or cure the problem as well as the procedure working so well it leads to dry eyes, but generally this risks with minimally invasive treatments are less than 1% and are greatly reduced by Dr. Sam's skilful and gentle approach (Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh). Other risks associated with watery eye treatment are very rare indeed and dependent on what the best treatment is for you. These will be dicussed in detail at your consultation.
Results are often immediate, but the final result, when any swelling has fully settled may take a few weeks. Usually there is little or no down time.