One of the most common patient complaints during the winter months is dry eyes. Cold and windy weather conditions can reduce the natural moisture in your eyes resulting in a burning or itching sensation.
Dry eye is a common visual condition which affects one in four people worldwide and is more likely to occur in women and the elderly. The medical name for dry eye syndrome is keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Symptoms can include burning, scratchiness or irritation, redness, watering and even blurred vision. Although dry eye is generally not a sight-threatening condition, for those who suffer from it, it is often more than just a minor aggravation. Dry eye can be caused by insufficient tear production from the lacrimal gland or an unstable lipid layer, which is the thin oily layer on the outer most part of the tear film.
Some tips to get you through the winter months:
- Talk to your optometrist about the best eye drops for your eyes
- Stay hydrated, drink lots of water
- When heating indoors try using a humidifier
- Keep distance from blowing heat sources
- No matter how irritated your eyes are, don’t rub your eyes
For more information on dry eye or any other eye disorder, contact your Optometrist.