Eye Moistness Or Dryness

What Causes Watery Eyes Or Dry Eyes?

Watery eyes or dry eyes can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose watery eyes or dry eyes, we could:
  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "watery eyes or dry eyes" as a symptom.  Here are seven possibilities:
  • Low Estrogens
  • Sjogren's Syndrome
  • Dehydration
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Dry Eye
  • Iritis

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
frequent confusion/disorientation
nasal congestion
severe vision disturbances
fatigue that worsens during the day
frequent unexplained nausea
frequent painful cervical nodes
dark urine color
long term neck pain
brittle fingernails
high caffeinated soda consumption
reduced sense of smell
morning sickness
... and more than 80 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of watery eyes or dry eyes:
Cause Probability Status
Rheumatoid Arthritis 96% Confirm
Iritis 12% Unlikely
Sarcoidosis 26% Unlikely
Sjogren's Syndrome 5% Ruled out
Dehydration 5% Ruled out
Low Estrogens 5% Ruled out
Dry Eye 2% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

In the Eyes/Ocular Symptoms section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™ will ask the following question about eye moistness or dryness:
How moist do your eyes tend to be?
Possible responses:
→ Usually very dry, I need eye drops
→ Sometimes slightly dry
→ About average / don't know
→ Sometimes slightly too moist / watery
→ Usually watery / too moist, causing teariness
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate very dry eyes, dry eyes, watery eyes or very watery eyes, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Rheumatoid Arthritis

"Dry eye" is a symptom of certain autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren's syndrome.

Sarcoidosis

Red and teary eyes or blurred vision are common symptoms.

Sjogren's Syndrome

"Dry eye" is a symptom of certain autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and Sjogren's syndrome.

... and also rule out issues such as: