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  • Why can I only cry out of one eye?


    I can only cry out of one eye. My left eye tears up significantly less than my right eye. Is this a problem? There's no redness or irritation and it has been this way for about 6 months.


    There is a difference between the emotional tears associated with crying and the release of moisturizing tears that are needed for eye health and comfort. It is possible that the gland that produces your tears of crying has been impaired on one side. It is also possible that the system of tear drainage from the opposite eye has been partially obstructed and thus makes that eye appear to tear more. I suggest you see you ophthalmologist and discuss these issues with him/her.

    This question was originally answered on Mar. 13, 2013.

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