Eye Health

Psychogenic Lacrimation: Why We Cry

Thursday, October 16, 2014
Psychogenic lacrimation is the term that describes tearing up or crying as an emotional response. This type of tears is typically associated with anger, sadness, or even extreme happiness or relief. But what is the underlying reason that we tear up when we are sad? To answer that, let’s first examine how our tears are made. The bulk of our tears is produced by the lacrimal glands. We have one of these glands in each eye, and they sit just under the temporal (outer) aspect of our ..