During winter things like central heating and cold winds can play havoc with your eyes, leaving them feeling gritty, bloodshot and dry.
Easy tips for your eyes
A few simple ways to reduce dry eyes this winter include turning down the setting on your central heating, avoiding car heaters and sitting away from the direct heat of electric heaters in the office.
Water is essential
The gritty feeling we sometimes experienced in our eyes during the winter months can get worse with dehydration.
Drinking lots of water helps and eye drops can also add extra lubrication to the 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 counter-intuitive, but it’s actually a vital contribution to the oil content of the tears.
Stop the spread of infection
Many people suffer from the common cold and flu in winter. These are respiratory infections and can inflame your conjunctiva, leaving them feeling irritated. You can help prevent cross infection from bacteria by always washing your hands before touching your eyes.