While days are welcomed by most, for others the hot weather brings with it the irritation of dry eyes—a condition Whitstable Specsavers has seen rising numbers of.

While dry eye syndrome is often mistakenly believed to be caused only by the harsh effects of cold winter winds, this common condition can be exacerbated in summer, when, just like our bodies, our eyes, and specifically, the cornea, can become dehydrated.

Growing number of cases

Now Siobhan Fennell, store director at Specsavers in Whitstable is offering helpful tips to help prevent symptoms such as eye soreness, a gritty sensation in the eyes and dryness.

She said: ‘We’ve certainly seen a growth in the number of customers, of all ages, complaining of irritation and dryness in the summer months.

‘Ironically, one of the symptoms of dry eye syndrome is watery eyes while others include uncomfortable dry or gritty feelings in the eye, burning or itching, redness, hazy vision and sensitivity to light.

‘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.’

Keep eyes hydrated

‘Tips to prevent irritation include reducing the setting on your air conditioning unit, avoiding spending too much time in front of your computer and simply drinking more water to avoid dehydration.’

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