Central heating and cold winds can play havoc with your eyes, leaving them feeling gritty, bloodshot and dry.

Specsavers Queensway store director Seema Patel, is offering a few tips to help prevent eye soreness during winter.

Simple tips

A few 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 key

The gritty feeling we sometimes experienced in our eyes during the winter months can get worse with dehydration.

Seema says; ‘Make sure you're drinking lots of water if you're suffering from dry eyes. Using eye drops can also add extra lubrication to the eyes.

Don't forget to wash your hands

Many people suffer from the common cold and flu in winter. 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.

Winter is a great time to get your eyes tested as poor light conditions can make you susceptible to eyestrain and everyone should get their eyes tested once every two years, or sooner if you are experiencing problems.

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