It’s common for people, even if they’re healthy, to experience dry eyes throughout the year. In most cases, dry eyes are at their worst during the winter months. Cold air holds less humidity than warm air, resulting in less moisture in the air.
Dry eyes can happen when you don’t produce enough tears. Tears are made from a combination of water, fatty oils, and mucus, and work to keep your eyes properly cleaned and lubricated. When your eyes get dry, you’ll notice they get very watery. That’s your tear glands working overtime to fight off dryness. Here are a few tips to help beat dry eyes:
1. HUMIDIFY YOUR HOME: Add some moisture back into the dry, winter air by running a humidifier. Amazon are running great deals on humidifiers right now…
2. TAKE A BREAK: If you are one of the millions of people who spend your day on the computer, make sure you are taking frequent breaks from staring at the screen. Digital Eye Strain is a major culprit of dry eye. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: look away from your screen every 20 minutes for at least 20 seconds at something 20 feet away.
3. UP YOUR INTAKE OF OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS: Omega-3 fatty acids help improve the quality of the tear film and the health of the oil glands found at the base of the eyelashes. Fish oil supplements and foods like salmon, eggs, spinach, walnuts, and soya beans are high in Omega-3s. If you plan to take a supplement, be sure to ask your GP or chemist for recommendations.
4. DRINK WATER: Staying hydrated is one of the best and easiest ways to keep your eyes and body well moisturized. Shoot for at least 4 pints of water per day.
5. CLEAN OUT YOUR MAKE-UP: Replace your eye make-up (especially mascara) and wash your make-up brushes to avoid bacteria build-up as this can lead to nasty infections within a matter of hours. An increase in bacteria can clog the oil glands and contribute to dryness. Be sure to remove your make-up every night before going to sleep. Coconut oil is a great and natural make-up remover alternative to the removers sold in stores or a clean damp cloth will do.
6. USE WARM COMPRESSES: A hot washcloth or warm beaded eye mask held over the eyes for 5 minutes is one of the best ways to open up the oil glands and keep your tear film nice and healthy. The oil layer of the tear film, secreted by glands at the base of the eyelashes, is important to keep the tears from evaporating too quickly. After applying the warm compress, use baby shampoo or lid scrubs to clean the lids and lashes. A healthy tear film is essential to keeping the eyes moisturized.
7. PROTECT YOUR EYES: If you are going to be outside in the cold weather, protect your eyes from the wind and cold air by wearing 100% UV protective sunglasses. You should also direct your heat vents away from your face while driving because the hot air can dry out your eyes very quickly, causing excessive watering, dryness, and discomfort.
8. SPEND LESS TIME IN YOUR CONTACTS: Contact lens overwear is notorious for making dry eyes worse. Give your eyes a break and wear your glasses a little more often during these dry winter months. As always, avoid sleeping in your contact lenses and always replace them according to the schedule recommended by your eye doctor.
9. MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH AN EYE DOCTOR: Many factors can contribute to dryness and doctors are there to examine, treat and manage all different levels and types of dry eye. Dry Eye Disease is a medical diagnosis and there are many different treatment options available.
10. CHOOSE THE RIGHT EYE DROPS: Using lubricating eye drops 3-4 times per day is a great way to keep your eyes moist. Be sure to stay away from drops that claim redness relief because they are more irritating. Your eye doctor, GP, or chemist should be able to help you decide the best drops for you.
I-DEW Eye Drops:
Our eye drops are suitable for contact lenses and we’ve created two regular eye drops, one for daytime use and the other for overnight use. We’re specialists in ocular products and can provide advice as we’re pharmacists. For help with specific problems, we recommend to contact your local services.