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Eyecare advice this winter from Ellesmere Port

04 January, 2016
An eye test at Specsavers
An eye test at Specsavers Port Arcades

Specsavers in Port Arcades is keen to advise local people how to avoid eye soreness and dryness, a condition that many suffer from during the winter months. 

Artificial heat

One easy way to prevent dry eyes this winter is to reduce the setting on your central heating, as this can dehydrate your eyes. Additionally, avoid car heaters, especially at face level, and sit away from direct heat such as gas or electric heaters. 

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

Lubricate the eye

Further advice includes cutting back on the coffee and drinking more water. Sufferers can also use eye drops, which 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. 

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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