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November 15, 2018 8:51 am  #1


What makes your eyes water besides crying?

I thought of asking some questions that have interested me. I'll post the questions and my answers. You can post yours.

1. Besides crying, what brings tears to your eyes (naturally, not forced like not blinking)?
Catching a cold, cutting onions, yawning (sometimes), cool breeze blowing across my face (interestingly, I have a friend whose eyes water for the exact same reason, and I love the occasions we spend together outdoors on a windy day). And as a side note, my girlfriend's eyes get flooded with tears when she puts in her contacts. I'll post a few obs soon.

2. If your eyes are watering when you're not crying, do your tears just fill your eyes or do they run down your cheeks?
It depends. If I have a bad cold, they run down my cheeks unless I'm constantly dabbing at my eyes (I just let them flow if I'm alone). With the breeze as well, if I'm alone (which is very rare, unless I'm standing in my backyard), sometimes my eyes get watery to a point where a tear may run down my cheek. But usually my eyes just well up. Yawning is weird. Sometimes, a tear would run down usually my left cheek (I don't know why, it's just the way it is), but that usually happens only if I'm lying down, so the tear doesn't really go down my cheek but rather the side of my face.

3. What is your response if your eyes begin to water when you're not crying?
If I'm alone and not in the middle of something, I don't really care too much. Sometimes if I'm bored I actually let them water and if they water enough I let the tears run down my face before wiping them. If I'm with someone, I blink really fast so that the tears don't get to well up. The exceptions are my girlfriend and the friend I mentioned earlier, whose eyes also water when a wind is blowing. If I'm with either of these two, I normally don't mind.

4. If someone has seen your eyes water when you're not crying, what has their response been?
Only the two people mentioned above have really seen my eyes water and tears run down my cheeks (sometimes). My girlfriend usually wipes my eyes with her fingers if they start getting really watery and if she's sitting close to me. With my friend, it depends. If I'm tearing up in her presence, she usually is as well because her eyes are sensitive to wind perhaps even more than mine are. We've got to the point where we both know that our eyes water in the wind, so we don't really react to each other's tears, but initially, it was a bit awkward and funny at the same time. I'll post some obs of her watering eyes in a separate thread. But initially, when I told her that my eyes water in the cold too, she was like, okay! And the first couple of times she teasingly said, "Oh, are you crying because I'm crying?" (because her eyes were watering too). And we've joked about it a few times as well. We've never wiped each other's eyes, though.

So, that's that. Looking forward to your responses to the questions above.

 

November 15, 2018 4:58 pm  #2


Re: What makes your eyes water besides crying?

1. Besides crying, what brings tears to your eyes (naturally, not forced like not blinking)?
When about to sneeze (sometimes), when the sun is very bright and I look at it or at least walking in the direction where the sun is, yawning, when I am very sleepy my eyes get kind of dry and water a bit.

2. If your eyes are watering when you're not crying, do your tears just fill your eyes or do they run down your cheeks?
Most of the time they only fill up, the exceptions are sneezing and sometimes yawning.

3. What is your response if your eyes begin to water when you're not crying?
Most of the times I wipe them directly so no tears fall, except if I am alone and bored I allow the tear roll down my face.

4. If someone has seen your eyes water when you're not crying, what has their response been?
Usually indifference, seldom has my wife teased me telling me “are you crying because of (whatever we are watching or chatting about) or “don’t cry because of... or it’s ok, you can cry.

 

November 16, 2018 9:23 am  #3


Re: What makes your eyes water besides crying?

Amans lacrimae wrote:

1. Besides crying, what brings tears to your eyes (naturally, not forced like not blinking)?
When about to sneeze (sometimes), when the sun is very bright and I look at it or at least walking in the direction where the sun is, yawning, when I am very sleepy my eyes get kind of dry and water a bit.

2. If your eyes are watering when you're not crying, do your tears just fill your eyes or do they run down your cheeks?
Most of the time they only fill up, the exceptions are sneezing and sometimes yawning.

3. What is your response if your eyes begin to water when you're not crying?
Most of the times I wipe them directly so no tears fall, except if I am alone and bored I allow the tear roll down my face.

4. If someone has seen your eyes water when you're not crying, what has their response been?
Usually indifference, seldom has my wife teased me telling me “are you crying because of (whatever we are watching or chatting about) or “don’t cry because of... or it’s ok, you can cry.

Interesting responses. When I was a teenager, my eyes used to water if I was about to sneeze. For some reason, that no longer happens unless I have a cold, in which case my eyes water a lot irrespective of whether I'm about to sneeze or not. I remember one time when I was in my early teens I was at home and I felt the urge to sneeze. As I sneezed, my eyes closed, and I felt a tear running rapidly down one of my cheeks. I remember this specifically because it was at this time that I was discovering my attraction towards tears, there was this pretty girl in my class who used to cry a lot. I don't remember much detail about her crying to post an obs, but I do remember having seen her eyes water a few times and tears run down her face a couple of times.

About letting the tear roll down when you're bored, seems like you and I are both on the same page! Interesting.

About your answer to the last question, is the indifference only from your wife or is it from anyone you meet in general? I remember once in high school I had a bad cold and since my eyes water incessantly when I have a cold, I had to keep blinking and bowing my head so that no one would see my tears. I heard one of my classmates say to another as I was passing by, "Look, he's crying!" I was in a hurry so I didn't stop to explain to them I wasn't crying, and neither of them asked me about it afterwards. The person who said it was a girl and she said it to a guy.

Anyway, it's interesting to hear your responses. I'd be interested in hearing the responses by some of the female members of the forum.

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November 16, 2018 3:35 pm  #4


Re: What makes your eyes water besides crying?

1. My eyes water when I try to suppress a cough. There was this one time where I was in church, and it was really quiet, so I was trying my best not to cough. My eyes started watering, and one tear escaped. I quickly wiped it away, hoping that no one saw it. (I have social anxiety, so anything that can possibly attract negative attention to me, I Try not to do.) Also, when I have something in my eye, or when I touch my eyes after eating something spicy. Not a fun sensation when you have contact lenses, let me tell you.
2. Usually, I don’t shed any non-emotional tears unless I have something like an eyelash stuck in my contact. I don’t cry just putting in my contacts, though.
3. I try not to let anyone see if I’m crying non-emotional tears, just because they may think that I’m crying for some emotional reason.
I’m a bit pressed for time, so I’ll answer the last question later ;)


Still, by the clock's revolution each hour,
I dissolve into tears about ev'ry half hour.
 

November 16, 2018 4:02 pm  #5


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4. If someone sees my non-emotional tears, I’ll quickly tell them the reason why I’m shedding tears. They accept my answer and avert their eyes, probably to give me a bit of privacy and time to stop the tears. This situation has only happened a few times, though.


Still, by the clock's revolution each hour,
I dissolve into tears about ev'ry half hour.
 

November 16, 2018 11:00 pm  #6


Re: What makes your eyes water besides crying?

azutid wrote:

1. My eyes water when I try to suppress a cough. There was this one time where I was in church, and it was really quiet, so I was trying my best not to cough. My eyes started watering, and one tear escaped. I quickly wiped it away, hoping that no one saw it. (I have social anxiety, so anything that can possibly attract negative attention to me, I Try not to do.) Also, when I have something in my eye, or when I touch my eyes after eating something spicy. Not a fun sensation when you have contact lenses, let me tell you.
2. Usually, I don’t shed any non-emotional tears unless I have something like an eyelash stuck in my contact. I don’t cry just putting in my contacts, though.
3. I try not to let anyone see if I’m crying non-emotional tears, just because they may think that I’m crying for some emotional reason.
I’m a bit pressed for time, so I’ll answer the last question later ;)

Watering eyes when trying to suppress cough. That's new! My eyes water a lot if I have a cold, and I do cough quite a bit when I have a cold, but I don't think my cough and my tears are related in any way. But interesting that you had a tear actually run down your face when trying to suppress your cough.

Getting something in the eyes can be very annoying. It doesn't happen much to me, but when it does, it makes me tear up a bit as well depending on what it is that got in my eye. Have tears ever run down your cheeks when you got something in your eye?


Touching your eyes when you've eaten something spicy. That sounds painful. There was this once when I was cutting an onion holding it in one hand and holding the knife in the other, and my eyes were burning so much that I used my hand with which I was holding the onion to wipe my eyes, and that only made it worse. Not a fun feeling, even without contacts!

It's interesting that you don't cry while putting in contacts. My girlfriend wears contacts and she cries profusely while putting them in. Her eyes water slightly when getting them out as well.

And I guess it's pretty natural that you don't let anyone see your tears. And it's interesting that when someone does see your eyes filled with tears, you actually explain to them that you're not crying. I don't do that unless someone specifically asks me why my eyes are watering. Otherwise, I just pretend that my eyes are dry!

Anyway, thank you for your response.

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November 17, 2018 12:48 am  #7


Re: What makes your eyes water besides crying?

Yes, tears have run down my face when I had something in my eye. In fact, I’ve had at least a few times when I’ve cried profusely for that reason—just floods of tears until I managed to get the thing out. Getting something stuck in your eye (or worse, under a contact) is definitely not fun!


Still, by the clock's revolution each hour,
I dissolve into tears about ev'ry half hour.
 

November 17, 2018 6:14 am  #8


Re: What makes your eyes water besides crying?

Floods of tears! Wow! Hope its just itchy and not actually painful when you get something in your eye.

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November 17, 2018 6:36 am  #9


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Nope, it’s painful, lol. I’m just glad it happens rarely.


Still, by the clock's revolution each hour,
I dissolve into tears about ev'ry half hour.
 

November 17, 2018 2:21 pm  #10


Re: What makes your eyes water besides crying?

Oh. It certainly is good that it happens rarely, then. If you have some self-obs of less painful times when tears have filled your eyes and/or run down your cheeks, please feel free to share them.

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