How To Avoid Developing Dry Eyes During The Winter Months
Dry eye is a condition caused when your eyes produce an insufficient amount of tears and aren’t as well lubricated as they should be. Although this could be due to a number of complex reasons including Diabetes, Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis or Parkinson’s, it is often caused by more common conditions such as being exposed to the cold weather during the winter months. London Vision Clinic wanted to share the best ways to avoid developing dry eyes with the wintry blizzards fast approaching. This will ensure that you and your eyes are kept safe over the next few months.
What Are The Symptoms Of Dry Eyes?
Common symptoms of dry eyes are feeling as though you have ‘grit’ in your eyes, having blurred vision after looking at your computer or reading a book for a prolonged period. Normally this unpleasant feeling will tend to get worse towards the end of the day.
More often than not due to the ‘dry’ nature of the winter season (cold, crisp mornings and warm central heating) our skin and eyes become dry too. However, dry eye can also occur in the summer months under certain circumstances so don’t wave the symptoms aside because of the season. The key advice we can give you is to try and increase the amount of moisture getting to your eyes and try to restrict the water leaving you eyes.
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How Do I Restrict The Amount Of Water Leaving My Eyes To Prevent Dry Eye?
There are several things that you can do to ensure that your eyes are kept hydrated. To reduce your risk of developing dry eye then follow our guidelines below:
- Drink water – plenty of water
- Use sunglasses to protect your eyes from cold bitter winds
- Avoid smoking; both active and passive
- Use a humidifier in the home. This will prevent fluid evaporation from the eyes
- Eat foods that are rich in vitamin A, C and E containing omega-3 fatty acids
- Avoid wearing contact lenses for long periods of time
- If you use a hair dryer to blow dry your hair, avoid pointing it directly at the face.
- Cut your coffee intake as it acts a diuretic
How To Treat Dry Eyes
If your dry eye symptoms get worse as the winter months progress, it is definitely worth purchasing eye drops to lubricate the eyes. However, we must stress that you must only use drops that are suitable for your eye condition, so please seek expert advice from your ophthalmologist first.
You can also make slight lifestyle adaptions too, including giving your eyes short breaks throughout the day by shutting your eyes for 5-10 minutes. You can also wear your glasses more frequently than wearing your contact lenses. Finally, avoid sitting too close to a heater/radiator throughout the day and avoid rubbing your eyes, as this will only inflame them further.