Winter brings many challenges with it, but did you know that it can also have a negative effect on the well-being of your eyes? Unfortunately, it’s true. Dry eyes are more common in the winter, so turn to us at Eye Encounters for help.
When the weather turns cold, the combination of harsh winds outdoors and dry heat indoors is one that is not good for your eyes. The results can be discomfort and a temporary and minimal blurriness of vision. Our Millbourne optometry office wants you to know that it is not unusual to feel a burning or scratchiness in your eyes, also. Your body may also try to compensate by producing more tears, which can lead to watery eyes. At its core, the reason for dry eyes, any time of year, is that your body is either not creating enough tears, or the ones its making are of insufficient quality to lubricate your eyes the way they need to be. Wind and dry air, as well as exposure to smoke, only make the problem worse. Other conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and collagen vascular disease are linked to dry eyes; as are taking medications such as beta blockers, antihistamines, and diuretics. Our Millbourne optometry office typically recommends artificial tears in eye drop form. They can be had over the counter, or you can get a prescription strength one at our office if necessary. Wear eyeglasses or sunglasses on windy days, and consider a humidifier in your home. Avoid smoke, too, including your own and second hand. Surgery is generally not an option unless your dry eyes are unresponsive to treatment and environmental adjustments.
For help in dealing with dry eyes in winter, don’t hesitate to contact our Millbourne optometry office to arrange an appointment for an examination by our eye doctor.