I am experiencing moderately increased tearing for the past couple of weeks. My eyelids and the facial skin at the outer corners of my eyes are quite tender. It feels like the tears are causing a mild burning to my skin. I would welcome some indication of what this condition is.
I would make an appointment with my eye doctor, but in the past, when I had, or even thought I had an eye infection, he has been alarmed that I (or any family members with symptoms) came into his office and contaminated it with whatever contagion we might have. He said that he was a surgeon and could not have his hands or his examining equipment contaminated. While I understand that precaution, I don't know if this is actually an infection, and even if it is, how am I to get it treated, if he does not want to examine me?