As the winter weather sets in, staff at Specsavers in Winsford are advising residents on how to safeguard their eyes from the harsh backlash of cold winds and central heating which often leave eyes feeling gritty, dry and bloodshot.

On hand to help aid these uncomfortable effects, is Peter Adshead, store director at Winsford Specsavers on Queens Parade, and is offering a few helpful tips and facts which will help prevent eye soreness.

Prevent irritation 

The gritty sensation and dryness we sometimes experience in our eyes during the winter months can be made worse by dehydration. By turning the settings down on your central heating, avoiding car heaters, especially at face level, and sitting away from direct heat such as gas or electric heaters, you can prevent the irritation of dry eyes this winter. 

Peter Adshead said: ‘While we all enjoy a hot drink at this time of year, cut back on the coffee and drink more water. Additionally, 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 not seem to make sense but it’s actually a vital contribution to the oil content of the tears.’

Protect your eyes 

The winter is an ideal time to get your eyes tested as poor light conditions can make you susceptible to eyestrain. Alongside the low light comes the increased risk of suffering 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 sneezes and coughs by washing your hands before touching your eyes.

Peter Adshead added: ‘It may surprise many but, even though it is winter, sunglasses are still very handy. The sun is low in the sky at this time of year and can be uncomfortably bright for drivers. Sunglasses give the added protection against ultraviolet radiation and can help reduce the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration. The snow will be here soon too and will reflect more UV radiation so remember your sunglasses after snowfall or on skiing holidays.’

Everyone should get their eyes tested once every two years, or sooner if you are experiencing problems.

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