Advice is being offered to Norris green residents by their local optician on how to maintain healthy eyes during winter.

Icy winds twinned with warm central heating can play havoc with your eyes, leaving them feeling bloodshot, gritty and dry. Specsavers store director Paul Stanway, located at the Broadway store, is offering a few tips and facts to help prevent eye soreness.

Tips on how to keep your eyes healthy during winter

A couple of tips on how to reduce dry eyes during the cold months include turning the setting down 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 winter can escalate with dehydration.

Paul Stanway 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

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

Stanway 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.’

Stanway says winter is a great time to get your eyes tested as bad 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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