Specsavers in Norwich is offering advice on how best to protect their eyes from the harsh weather conditions now that winter is in full swing.

Cold winds and central heating can cause eyes to become dry, gritty and bloodshot. Specsavers store director, Robert Ellis, offers his top tips on preventing eye soreness this winter.

Central heating

The gritty sensation and dryness sometimes experienced during the winter months can be made much worse through dehydration.

Here are a few ways to reduce the irritation of dry eyes:

1. Keeping the setting low on your central heating.

2. Avoid car heaters, particularly at face level

3. Avoid sitting too close to direct heat such as gas or electric heaters.

Less coffee and more water

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

Eye drops

The oil content in tears that helps lubricate the eye can be affected during the winter months. Whilst people suffering with dry eyes often produce plenty of watery tears, the oil content produced is not enough to efficiently lubricate the eye. Eye drops can therefore be used as a supplement to provide extra lubrication to prevent that dry, gritty sensation.

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