Only one eye waters – not both – whenever you chew food. Sometimes a tear even forms and rolls down your cheek, just in that one eye when eating.
It’s one thing when both eyes well up while eating. The twist is when only one eye becomes noticeably watery.
Several years ago I developed this very oddball symptom. However, there were other times when my one eye would have more water in it than it should.
It seemed that whatever was going on was the same cause of the welling while eating.
Sometimes I had to wipe away a tear.
What’s really strange is that I could not produce the wateriness when I pretended to chew – moving my jaw up and down, mimicking the act of eating.
I even exaggerated the motions, as though chewing a lot of foot at once, and the left eye remained normal.
It was only when I ate, and not necessarily from aggressive chewing. It was also not related to any types of food or spices.
It also didn’t happen every single time I ate, but often enough to get my attention.
This lasted for several months and gradually went away, never to return. It’s still a mystery to this day.
Perhaps my experience will be of some reassurance to you if you’ve just begun having this symptom.
However, the smartest thing to do is have an ophthalmologist examine the eye.
An ear, nose and throat specialist (otolaryngologist) is also capable of an insightful examination, since the cause may be originating in the sinus area.
Lorra Garrick has been covering medical, fitness and cybersecurity topics for many years, having written thousands of articles for print magazines and websites, including as a ghostwriter. She’s also a former ACE-certified personal trainer.