Winter is Here and that May Cause Dry Eyes
- Posted on: Feb 14 2019
During the winter months in Ohio, we may think more about how to plan ahead for days that are better spent indoors than how the weather may affect our eye health. Many people feel the burn, so to speak, as the weather changes. Because cold weather often coincides with extra-dry air inside and outside of the home, we can think of no better time to discuss how to protect yourself from the discomfort of seasonal dry eye syndrome than now.
It All Comes Down to Daily Actions
Dry eye syndrome can be intensely uncomfortable. The way to avoid excessive dryness is to implement several strategies on a daily basis. These include one or more of the following:
- Stay hydrated. It’s easy to get dehydrated during the colder months because our urge to drink water may decline. The body needs to stay hydrated from the inside for the eyes (and the joints!) to maintain adequate lubrication for comfort. Drink warm tea or warm water with honey and lemon throughout the day for both hydration and some anti-viral benefits.
- Hydrate the air, too. In parts of the country where dryness can be problematic, there may be nothing better for the home than a quality humidifier. Having a humidifier on during the winter can offset the dryness that is caused by heating elements.
- Pamper your eyes with warmth. If you notice eye irritation at any time of the day or night, this is an indication that your eyes need some TLC. A warm compress that is slightly damp can be applied for a few minutes to decrease that gritty feeling and moisten the eyes in a way that feels relaxing.
- Use eye drops. Talk with your eye doctor about the types of eye drops that may be most appropriate for your eyes and for the season. Most people obtain adequate relief with over-the-counter lubricating drops, but some are better served with a prescription eye drop.
- Sit away from heat sources. As cozy as it may feel to sit directly in front of a space heater or fireplace on ultra-cold days, this can quickly dry out the eyes. Even when driving in the car, heating vents should be pointed downward or away from the face to protect the eyes from unnecessary dryness.
Dry eye syndrome can become a chronic or recurring problem. Schedule a visit with us in Canfield, North Canton, or Alliance if dry eye symptoms become difficult to manage.
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