As we advance into the winter season, we find leaves on the ground, shorter days, cold snowy air, and now…dry eyes!
As the temperatures drop, you may find yourself battling with dry and itchy eyes. This is surprisingly normal due to the fact that you are surrounded by dry air. Whether it is the cold outside air or warm inside heat, odds are your eyes are suffering.
You may experience pain, swelling, blurry vision, itchiness, burning, heavy eyelids, mucus secretion, teary eyes, or difficulty wearing contacts. All of this is occurring because your eyes are DRY!
Additionally, many of us are working (or learning) from home. This means spending extensive hours of our days staring at screens- computers, laptops, tablets, phones, and televisions. According to various studies, such as those released by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, extended screen exposure has a direct link to dry eyes.
So, this month we wanted to provide you some solutions to battling with dry eyes:
- Rewetting Drops
Over the counter lubricating drops are the most common treatment of dry eyes.
- Staying Hydrated
Dryness is simply dehydration of the eyes.
- Use A Humidifier
If you have one that is. The best location? The bedroom!
- Warm Washcloth
Helps with generating and releasing tears.
- Wear Sunglasses
Prevents cold winds and reflecting sunlight from the snow.
- Take Breaks
If you spend most of your day staring at screens, try stopping and viewing something off in the distance for at least 20 seconds.
- Eliminate Dust
Try cleaning your home once a week.
- Eye Ointments & Antibiotics
We recommend you speaking with us first, for your safety!
Finally, it is important to know if you, or a loved one, are impacted by dry eyes this winter, you are not alone. An estimated 20 Million Americans are affected by dry eyes annually.
Have questions? Let’s talk today!