Also known as Tearing and Lacrimation
Tears are secretions that clean and lubricate the eyes. Lacrimation or lachrymation (from Latin lacrima, meaning "tear") is the production or shedding of tears.Source: Wikipedia
The most common causes of lacrimation are conjunctivitis, seasonal allergies (hay fever), and cataract. Other possible causes, such as otitis media, are more rare.
Within all the people who go to their doctor with lacrimation, 70% report having eye redness, 60% report having nasal congestion, and 59% report having itchiness of eye.
Patients with lacrimation often receive ophthalmic examination and evaluation, ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, other therapeutic procedures on eyelids; conjunctiva; cornea, other diagnostic procedures on skin and subcutaneous tissue, influenzavirus antibody assay, other respiratory therapy, nonoperative removal of foreign body and other intraocular therapeutic procedures .
|Ophthalmic examination and evaluation (Eye exam)|
|Ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment||$64|
|Other therapeutic procedures on eyelids; conjunctiva; cornea||$962|
|Other diagnostic procedures on skin and subcutaneous tissue||$133|
|Influenzavirus antibody assay|
|Other respiratory therapy||$30|
|Nonoperative removal of foreign body||$72|
|Other intraocular therapeutic procedures||$705|
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with lacrimation include olopatadine ophthalmic, moxifloxacin (avelox), tobramycin ophthalmic, erythromycin ophthalmic, azelastine ophthalmic, proparacaine ophthalmic, tropicamide ophthalmic, gentamicin ophthalmic, brimonidine ophthalmic, phenylephrine (duramax), prednisolone ophthalmic, loteprednol ophthalmic and cyclosporine ophthalmic .
Groups of people at highest risk for lacrimation include race/ethnicity = other, age 1-4 years and age < 1 years.