Eye doctors refer to overflow tearing as a congenital stenosis of the nasal lacrimal drainage system. It is a common condition in infants and babies. In fact, approximately one-third of all infants are born with an overabundance of tears and mucus. It is quite common for babies eyelashes to stick together after sleep, a situation which can cause the eye(s) to become chronically infected.
HOW DO TEARS DRAIN FROM THE EYE?
Tears drain from the eyes through two small openings called the upper and lower punctum which are located along the upper and lower eyelids near the nose. They then flow through the canaliculus into the lacrimal saclocated under the skin on the side of the nose.
From the sac, the tears are pumped by the blinking action of the lids into the tear duct. These ducts go through the side bones of the nose and empty the tears into the back of the nose. That’s why your nose runs every time