A Liverpool optician is advising residents on how to take care of their eyes throughout winter.

Freezing cold winds alongisde central heating can play havoc with your eyes, causing them to feel dry, bloodshot and gritty. Specsavers store director Stephen Bryan, located at Liverpool Lord Street, is offering facts and tips to help prevent eye soreness.

Top tips on keeping your eyes healthy

Reducing dry eyes this winter can be helped by decreasing 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. The gritty sensation we sometimes experienced in our eyes during the cold winter period can be made worse with dehydration.

Stephen Bryan 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.’

Prevent Cross infection from the common cold

Many people suffer from the common cold and flu especially at this time of year. 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.

Bryan 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.’ Bryan 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.'

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