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Winter Dry Eye Syndrome… A Few Simple Tips

Although you may refer to winter as the rainy time of year due to the precipitation, the air is really more dry in the winter, causing your eyes to be irritated easily.

Our eye care staff is here to assist you in selecting the most effective ways to keep your eyes hydrated this winter. While you are indoors you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Eye doctors suggest the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can take away moisture from the air.

Additionally, make sure to take extra precautions once you're going outside and will be exposed to the elements. Keep your eyes protected by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. It is important to guard your eyes from the swirling winds and prevent evaporation of your eye's tear film.

If your symptoms become unbearable you should think about lubricating eye drops which may help manage the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your eye doctor before you start using eye drops to make sure they are suitable for your condition.

Remember that if you use contacts you need to be especially cautious in the colder months. When able, make use of rewetting drops as often as you can. While you may not realize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and are required to stay wet to keep their shape. Once they loose moisture, the contacts can change form and cling to your eyes, causing pain and blurriness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and planning, you can stay clear of the hazards of the harsh elements and keep your eyes clear and moisturized the whole season!