The change of the season can bring with it changes in your body and your health. Any part of the body that is exposed to the winter environment can be affected by the cold, dry weather. Skin loses moisture and can get dry and cracked, lips get chapped and similar conditions can happen to the nasal passages, sinuses and even the eyes. According to our optometrist in Philadelphia PA at Eye Encounters many patients come into our office complaining about the affects of the cold on their eyes.
A common complaint that our optometrist in Philadelphia PA hears is that many of our patients suffer from dry eyes in the winter. This seasonal complaint can differ from a chronic eye condition called Dry Eye Syndrome, which bothers sufferers all year long but may still get worse during the winter. During the winter our eyes go from an outside climate that is cold and windy to an indoor climate that is hot and very dry, both these climates can dry out our natural tears and make them insufficient to keep the eyes lubricated. The eyes can get dry, irritated, itchy, burning and can even develop blurry vision. Our practice recommends that you try some simple solutions to relieve your dry eyes including humidifying your home to keep the moisture up in the 30-55 percent range required to keep the eye lubricated. Other solutions are to keep yourself hydrated, increase your intake of omega-3 to help combat inflammation of the tear glands closing off the tear flow, avoid the hot air blowing directly on your face while in the front seat of a car and apply warm moist compresses to your eyes to open up those tear ducts.
If these simple solutions don’t help relieve your symptoms our optometrist in Philadelphia PA has some more treatment options. Our doctor will recommend the best OTC artificial tears drops for your condition. There are also several prescription medications that can treat underlying Dry Eye Syndrome as well as laser surgery for extreme cases. Don’t let the winter hamper your vision let our doctor check whether your dry eyes are just a temporary condition or something more chronic.