An opticians in Manchester are offering their advice to local residents on how to look after your eyes in winter.
Central heating and cold winds can irritate your eyes, leaving them feeling bloodshot, dry and gritty. Specsavers store director David Bistacchi, located in the Arndale Centre, is offering a handful of tips and facts to help prevent eye soreness.
Keep your eyes healthy this winter
A couple of ways to reduce dry eyes this winter include 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. The gritty sensation we can endure in our eyes during the winter months can be made more painful with dehydration.
David Bistacchi 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 illnesses from spreading
Circualtion of the common cold and flu affect many people especially in winter. These are respiratory infections and can inflame your conjunctiva – the clear membrane covering the whites of your eyes, leaving them feeling irritated. In order to help prevent cross infection from bacteria in coughs and sneezes, it is advised that you wash your hands before touching your eyes.
Bistacchi 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.’
Bistacchi 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.