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Tears In My Eyes Whenever I Yawn

Published: May 6, 2002
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Why are there tears in my eyes whenever I yawn? Is it normal?
Signed: Tears In My Eyes Whenever I Yawn

Dear Tears In My Eyes Whenever I Yawn,

 

It is normal - here's why:

Tears drain away from each eye along two channels marked by a tiny opening at the inner edge of each lid. The channels lead to the lacrimal sac at the side of the nose, which is why your nose runs when you cry. Yawning exerts pressure on the lacrimal sac causing normal tearing.

If you have excessive teary eyes (or they are tearing all the time), talk to your doctor about it. If it is just when you yawn or wind is in your eyes or you are crying, this is nothing to worry about.

Signed: TeenHealthFX

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