Fight Dry, Eyes This Winter

By | February 25, 2018

“Generally, the humidity drops at winter using the colder weather weather [and] many men and women switch on the heat inside their houses or offices to combat the cold,” explained Dr. Marissa Locy, who is with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s section of ophthalmology.

Fight Dry, Eyes This Winter

“What you end up having is leaner humidity out, and even lower humidity indoors — making warm, dry conditions where moisture may vanish from the eye faster than ordinary,” she clarified in a university news release.

That may leave your eyes feeling dry, straightened, irritated and stuck.

How to proceed?

Locy suggests several Measures to protect your eyes from getting dry:

Use a loofah to help restore humidity to the air and moisture into the eyes.

Drink lots of fluids to help keep the body hydrated and maintain moisture on your eyes.

Shield your eyes out of extreme cold and end. That could involve eye protection or a hat with a visor.

Don’t let heat blow directly on your face. Doing this can run dry moisture from your own eyes. Turn your auto vents toward your lower body to steer clear of this issue.

During cold weather, your eyes may dry out much more if you wear contacts. Therefore, Locy said, make sure you always wear clean contacts to lessen itching and possible illness.

Dry eye can sometimes progress to dry eye disorder. See your doctor if you should be concerned.

Dry eye can’t be treated, Locy said, but symptoms can be relieved by using eye drops, ointments or drugs, or simply by hammering some tear ducts to slow the drainage of tears out of the eye’s surface.