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December 16, 2022

Do cataracts make your eyes water?

Close up of elderly woman's blue eyes

Cataracts, as SightMD has explained, is a not uncommon condition where the lens of the eye becomes clouded. And while there are a variety of causes that lead to a diagnosis of cataracts, many of our patients wonder about symptoms and side effects of this condition, such as whether or not eyes get watery.

This is actually a trick question because the answer is no. There are many vision-related difficulties that result from cataracts. Understandably, it would seem that watery eyes might be one of them. But cataracts don’t block the tear duct and eyes don’t become red or irritated. In short, eyes watering is not symptomatic of this condition. There are many causes as to why someone might develop watery eyes, two of which are either excessive tear production or poor tear drainage.

What are the symptoms of cataracts?

Since we’ve ruled out eyes watering as being associated with cataracts, here is a list of symptoms that are signs of this condition and which ophthalmologists take into consideration when determining a diagnosis:

  • Blurred or cloudy vision
  • Muted colors
  • Lack of definition
  • Glare or the appearance of halos around light sources
  • Inhibited night vision
  • Double vision
  • A marked degradation in your visual prescription over time (for eyeglass users)

What should I do if I think I have Cataracts?

If the question above of whether or not cataracts make eyes water applies to you personally, contact your nearest SightMD office to schedule an appointment. Our eye care professionals will answer your questions and examine your eyes to determine the best solution for improving your eyesight.