Ormskirk store offers winter eye care for locals
Local residents are being offered advice from an Ormskirk optician on how to look after their eyes in winter.
Cold winds alongisde central heating can irritate your eyes, leaving them feeling gritty, bloodshot and dry. Specsavers store director Lieza Albiston, located on Church Street, is offering a few tips and facts to help prevent irritation to the eye.
Look after your eyes this winter
A handful of ways to help reduce dry eyes 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 feeling we sometimes experience in our eyes during the winter period can accelerate with dehydration.
Lieza Albiston 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.’
Stop cross infection
At this time of year many people suffer from the common cold and flu. These respiratory infections can inflame your conjunctiva – the clear membrane covering the whites of your eyes, leaving them feeling irritated. You can help stop the spread of infection from bacteria in coughs and sneezes by washing your hands before touching your eyes.
Albiston 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.’
Albiston 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.