Advice is being given to local residents by a Huyton optician on how to look after their eyes this winter.
Central heating twinned with icy winds can irritate your eyes, leaving them feeling grutty, dry and bloodshot. Specsavers store director David Ashton, located in the Forum Centre, is offering a number of facts and tips to help prevent eye soreness.
Maintaining healthy eyes throughout winter
A number of ways to reduce dry eyes this winter includes turning down the setting on your central heating, avoiding car heaters, especially at face level, and sitting away from direct heat such as gas or electric heaters. Dehydration only makes the gritty sensation we sometimes experience in our eyes worse during the winter months.
David Ashton says; ‘Cut back on the coffee and drink more water. 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.’
Keep your hands washed and your eyes clean
During the cold months 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 sneezes and coughs by washing your hands before touching your eyes.
Ashton adds: ‘Even though it is winter, sunglasses are still handy to have to hand. The sun is low in the sky at this time of year and can uncomfortably bright for drivers. Sunglasses give the added protection against ultraviolet radiation and can help reduce the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. ‘The snow will be here soon too and will reflect more UV radiation so remember your sunglasses after snowfall or on skiing holidays.’
Ashton says winter is a great time to get your eyes tested as poor light conditions can make you susceptible to eyestrain and everyone should get their eyes tested once every two years, or sooner if you are experiencing problems.