Avoid dry eyes this winter
With dry and sore eyes being a problem for many people at this time of year, Specsavers in Ilkley and Otley are offering people advice on how to deal with the issue.
Cold winds and central heating can play havoc with your eyes, leaving them feeling dry, gritty and bloodshot. The gritty sensation we sometimes experience in our eyes during the winter months can be made worse with dehydration.
Roger Copley, from Specsavers stores in Ilkley and Otley, said: ‘Reducing 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 can help.
‘It’s also a good idea to 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.’
At this time of year 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 coughs and sneezes by washing your hands before touching your eyes.
Roger added: ‘Winter is a great time to get your eyes tested as poor light conditions can make you susceptible to eyestrain. Everyone should get their eyes tested once every two years, or sooner if you are experiencing problems.’