One of the most common complaints at Specsavers on Church Street during the winter months, is a condition known as 'dry eye'. To help local people avoid the familiar dry, gritty feeling in their eyes, the store has come up with five top tips to keep on top of your eye health during the cold winter months.
1. Use 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’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.’
2. Stay hydrated
Cut back on the coffee and drink more water.
3. Avoid artificial heat
Cold winds and central heating can play havoc with your eyes, leaving them feeling dry, gritty and bloodshot. The gritty sensation we sometimes experienced in our eyes during the winter months can be made worse with dehydration.
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.
4. Wash your hands
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.
5. Book an eye test
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.