Epiphora as an expression of dry eye

R. Avisar*, D. Deutsch, H. Savir

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One of the most common ophthalmic disorders in the elderly is epiphora, a watery eye with overflow of tears. In some patients it appears in a paradoxical form: dry eye indoors and tearing outdoors. We present a 76-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman with this disorder. Despite diagnosis of dry eye, confirmed by several tests, they complained of epiphora. This ceased after treatment with tear substitutes, bromhexine and occlusion of the lacrimal puncti. The possibility that tearing may be an expression of the dry eye state should always be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)192-193
Number of pages2
Issue number4
StatePublished - 15 Feb 1989


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