With winter now in full swing Specsavers in Canterbury is offering advice to residents on how best to protect their eyes from the harsh winter conditions.

A combination of the harsh effects of cold winds and central heating can result in dry, gritty and bloodshot eyes. Specsavers store director Jason Gillan offers his top tips on preventing eye soreness this winter.

Central heating

Turning the setting down on your central heating, avoiding car heaters, particularly at face level, and sitting further away from direct heat such as gas or electric heaters are just a couple of ways to help reduce the irritation of dry eyes. The gritty sensation and dryness we sometimes experienced in our eyes during the winter months can be made much worse through dehydration.

Less coffee and more water

While many enjoy a hot drink at this time of year, it is good advise to cut back on the coffee and drink more water.

Eye drops

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.

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