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Tips For Combating Dry Eyes During The Winter
causes of dry eyes during the winter and simple ways to prevent them.
When many people are
talking about the long winter months, they often refer to it as the “wet
season.” Between the rain that slowly turns to ice, the frost on our cars and
windows, and the snow that wraps up our world in a white blanket for a few
months out of the year, it is easy to see where this nickname comes from.
However, while the winter months may make the outdoors a little wetter than
normal, the atmosphere is actually very dry during
the winter season.
When you wake up after a
long nights sleep in your toasty bed, you may notice a few side effects that
come with hibernating inside of your heated winter home―a dry, tight face that
flakes, an itchy body that seems to suck up every ounce of your lotion.
However, your skin is not the only part of your body that lacks moisture during
the winter months. Dry eyes are another common side effect of the dry season,
and can be equally or even more uncomfortable than itchy, tight skin.
eyes that burn and ache are just common side effect of the cold winter winds
outside and the dry, heated air of our homes inside. Being exposed to either of
these atmospheres can cause a sudden onset of moisture evaporation inside of our eyes,
and our tear glands simply cannot produce fluid quick enough to maintain the
protective, moist coating that our eyes require to stay hydrated. The result is
dry eyes that may cause blurred vision or a scratchy, burning sensation.
there are several simple ways that you can combat dry eyes during the winter
months. Here are our tips for keeping your vision clear and your eyes
moisturized during the cold winter season ahead:
you are outside in the frigid, wicked winter winds, you should take extra
protective measures to make sure that your eyes are not exposed to the wind and
the excess cold. One of the best ways to shield yourself from these drying elements is
with sunglasses. These will not only prevent the cold winter wind from hitting
your eyes directly, but they will also make sure that your eyes are not exposed
to the bright light outside. Sunglasses also will act as a protective block
against whipping winds that cause evaporation of your eye’s tear film.
the winter months, many people find that they have dry eye problems that are
caused by dry heat or air heaters in their homes. While these toasty
electronics may keep the bitter winter temperatures outside of your home, they
significantly decrease the moisture from your air. Therefore, you need to make
sure that you are maintaining a healthy level of moisture in your home with a
humidifier. This will prevent fluid evaporation in your eyes and will help to
combat burning, itchy eyes before they begin.
your dry eye symptoms worsen throughout the season and become unbearable, you
may want to consider using lubricating eye drops that can help to ease common
pain and itchiness brought on by dry eyes. However, because there are so many
over-the-counter artificial tear brands to choose from, make sure that you
ophthalmologist to ensure that you are using drops that are suitable for your
winter season can be a great time to get outside and soak up the smells and
sights of the season. However, make sure that you follow these simple steps for
combating dry eyes to make sure that you do not fall victim to the hazards of
the cold, dry winter weather.