Why Do My Eyes Water When I Yawn?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Why do my eyes water when I yawn? When your eyes water when you are yawning it is at times due to overly dry eyes. Dry eye syndrome is when your eyes don’t produce enough quality lubrication to protect your eyes. And the result of that is the overprotection of watery eyes.

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There are factors that could cause watery eyes when yawning and that is:

  • Cold or dry weather
  • Allergies
  • Breeze from air conditioners
  • Scratched cornea
  • Fragrances or sprays

Not everybody that yawns have teary eyes, so it is a case-by-case situation. And if you don’t get teary eyes when you yawn you should be concerned that something is wrong with you health wise.

If you yawn and get teary eyed, the result of this is a burning or stinging sensation in your eyes, then you should probably contact your local ophthalmologist. Some of those factors that could cause burning or stinging tears:

  • eye infection,
  • dry eye syndrome,
  • dirty or damaged contact lens,
  • eye allergies

How do you stop yourself from yawning too much?

You need to get more quality sleep and maybe increase the amount of sleep you get to 7 to 8 hours a day. Especially if you are struggling getting enough daily sleep.

The Bottom Line is if you get teary eyed when you yawn you shouldn’t be too concerned. As it is normal for this to happen, and it is healthy.

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