Winter Dry Eye Syndrome… Some Simple Tips

Although it is common to refer to winter as the wet season due to the precipitation, the atmosphere is actually more dry during the winter, which often causes your eyes to become irritated more easily.

Our staff is available to help you find the best ways to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter season. Even before you step outdoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the air.

Additionally, make sure to take extra precautions once you step outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes protected by dressing with a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to guard your eyes from the swirling winds to stop them from drying out your eyes.

If your symptoms become unbearable you may want to consider artificial tears which may help treat the irritating symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your optometrist prior to starting to use artificial tears to confirm that they are the right solution for your symptoms.

Remember that if you have contacts you need to be especially careful in the winter. If possible, use rewetting drops as often as you can. Lenses are like sponges and must stay wet to keep their shape. Once they loose moisture, the contacts can lose their shape and cling to the eyeball, which causes pain and blurriness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can avoid the dangers of winter and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!

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