There are lots of ways to avoid the familar problem of dry eyes which affects many of us during winter. Top tips from Specsavers Caernarfon include:

Turn down the central heating

Cold winds and central heating can play havoc with your eyes, leaving them feeling dry, gritty and bloodshot. The gritty sensation we sometimes experienced in our eyes during the winter months can be made worse with dehydration. 

Avoid gas and car heaters

These types of heaters are often at face level, so steering clear can help eyes stay hydrated.  

Drink water

It’s also a good idea to cut back on the coffee. 

Use eye drops

Using eye drops can add extra lubrication to dry eyes.The term “dry eye” is used when the oil content of the tears doesn’t efficiently lubricate the eye. People with dry eyes often have plenty of watery tears so adding eye drops may seem to not make sense but it’s actually a vital contribution to the oil content of the tears.

Wash your hands

At this time of year many people suffer from the common cold and flu. These are respiratory infections and can inflame your conjunctiva – the clear membrane covering the whites of your eyes, leaving them feeling irritated. You can help prevent cross infection from bacteria in coughs and sneezes by washing your hands before touching your eyes. 

Book an eye test

Winter is a great time to get your eyes tested as poor light conditions can make you susceptible to eyestrain. Everyone should get their eyes tested once every two years, or sooner if you are experiencing problems.

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