Are you planning a ski trip up north for your holidays, winter can be a challenge if you suffer from dry eyes?
Eye irritation, burning, itchiness and redness can be caused by dry, cool air, cold winds and even with drier indoor heaters. Sometimes excessively watery eyes or more tears are produced to compensate for the dryness. The symptoms can be debilitating, many people may have a chronic feeling that they have something in their eye and blurred vision.
During the winter season, most of the common eye complaints are regarding Dry Eyes, especially in the cooler climates. Here are some tips to stay away from dry eyes discomfort:
- Use artificial tears or eye drops
Apply for few times each day when your eyes feel dry or irritated. If your drops don’t work properly or you have chronic dry eyes, and since not all artificial tears are same consult to your eye doctor about finding the best treatment for you.
- Use humidifier
Use a humidifier to nullify the drying effects of indoor heaters or generally dry air.
- Keep distance from direct source of heating
Keep your car vents or indoor heaters away from your face when the heat is on. Try to keep the distance from direct sources of heating, especially if they blow out the heat.
- Drink a lot of water!
Hydrating your body will also hydrate your eyes, that’s why you are advised to drink lot of water during the winter season.
- Protect your eyes outdoors with goggles or sunglasses
The bigger the better! Wrap-around glasses as well as a hat with a wide peak will keep the wind and other elements out of your eyes. Wearing goggles for winter sports, make sure that they fit well and cover a large surface area.
- Never Rub your Eyes
Don’t rub your eyes, instead use a warm compress to soothe your dry eye! Rubbing your eyes will increase irritation which may lead to infection if the hands are not clean.
- Your eyes need a Digital Break
Give your eyes a digital break. People use to blink less during screen time which is why extensive use of computer can lead to dry eyes. Follow the easily adoptable 20/20/20 rule by taking a break every 20 minutes to look 20 feet away for 20 seconds and make sure you blink.
Do you know what is Dry eye syndrome?
It is a chronic condition in which eyes do not produce enough tear film, or don’t produce the quality of tear film needed to properly keep the eyes moist. While winter climate can make this condition worse, it is often present all year round. If you find that the tips above do not alleviate your discomfort or symptoms, it may be time to see your Eye doctor to see if your condition requires more effective medical treatment.
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