Specsavers in Barnstaple is offering advice to residents and customers on how to best protect eyes from the winter conditions.

A combination of factors including cold wind and central heating can result in dry, gritty and bloodshot eyes, and so, Specsavers store director Emily Waters offers her top tips on preventing eye soreness this winter.

Dry eyes

Avoiding car heaters at face level, turning the setting down on your heating and sitting further away from direct heat are just a few ways to help reduce the irritation of dry eyes. Dehydration can sometimes make the gritty sensation and dryness we sometimes experience in our eyes worse.

Keep hydrated

Many people enjoy a hot drink in the colder weather but it’s good advice to cut back on the caffeine and drink more water.

Eye drops

To add extra lubrication to dry eyes it’s recommended to use eye drops. The term dry eye is used when the oil content of 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.

The store would also like to remind customers that the store will be closed for Christmas and re-opens on the 28 December. 

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