Winter has arrived in Wrexham, and Specsavers is offering some tips on protecting your eyes from the effects of colder weather, including dryness and soreness.
Cold winds and central heating can play havoc with your eyes, leaving them feeling dry, gritty and bloodshot. 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.
Ian Thomas, the store director at Wrexham, said: ‘The gritty sensation we sometimes experienced in our eyes during the winter months can be made worse with dehydration. Someting as simple as cutting back on the coffee and drinking more water helps combat this. Using eye drops can also 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.’
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.
Ian Thomas 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.’