MANAGING DRY EYES DURING COLD WINTER

JAMES ROQUE 

DECEMBER 12, 2021

In the winter, it's not uncommon to notice that your eyes are drier. 

 

Dry eyes are more common in the winter and spring. Dry eyes and discomfort can be caused by seasonal changes such as decreasing indoor humidity and strong winds.

 

While weather is inevitable, there are remedies that can help relieve the scratchy, itchy, and even painful symptoms of dry eyes during the winter. 

 

Continue reading to learn about treatment and preventative options for dry eyes in the winter.

Ways to Prevent Dry Eyes in Winter

Here are some ways to prevent and reduce dry eye symptoms during winter:

 

>>Keep your home as cool as you can.

 

>> When going outside, wear wrap-around glasses. During the winter, these will assist to protect your eyes from drying wind which is a typical cause of dry eyes

 

>> Supplement your diet with omega-3 fatty acids. These may help to alleviate dry eye (and are also beneficial to your general health). Dietary supplements are also an option, but make sure to consult your doctor first.

Dry Eyes and Medication

Some medications can increase your chances of developing dry eyes. If your symptoms are particularly severe during the winter, discuss your prescription list with your doctor to determine if there are any possible alternatives. 

 

Antidepressants, antihistamine, birth control pills, and blood pressure drugs are examples of these medications.

Remedy for dry eyes during winter

To achieve the best results, you may need to use a mix of remedies:

 

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Artificial Tears

Artificial tears are a way of replenishing your eyes' natural moisture. Almost all drugstores sell these over-the-counter. If you wear contacts, be sure you get a product that is compatible with them. 

 

Apply artificial tears numerous times during the day if possible (usually up to six times). Carefully read the label on the eye drops: Applying the drops more regularly if they include preservatives may irritate your eyes. 

 

If you require artificial tears more than six times per day, you should consult your doctor about prescription dry eye treatments.

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Warm Compresses

Applying warm compresses to your eyes would help relieve redness and discomfort if they are irritated and red. To calm and rest your eyes, soak a washcloth in warm water and place it over them for 10 minutes.

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Follow the 20/20 rule: close your eyes every 20 minutes for 20 seconds.

Stay Hydrated

Every part of your body needs water to stay healthy, including your eyes. Drinking water helps keep them moist.

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Resources:

https://www.scrabbl.com/this-winter-keep-your-eyes-safe-winter-eye-care-tips

https://amp.azcentral.com/amp/71979556

http://www.cheneyclinic.com/warm-compress-for-dry-eyes/