Specsavers in St Helens is keen to advise local people on how to avoid eye soreness and dryness, a condition that increases for many during the winter months.

According to Andrew Dagnall, store director at Specsavers in St Helens, just a few ways of preventing dry eyes this winter include 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.

Central heating can play havoc with eyes

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.

Andrew said: ‘Cut back on the coffee and drink more water. 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.’

Cold and flu can inflame conjunctiva

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.

Andrew said: ‘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.’

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