It is almost a fact that the chilly, winter season has a tendency for changing the world outside, forcing us to consider our daily activities, our routine and even the way we look after our health.
Cold climate frequently brings blustery conditions outside, and radiators emanate dry warmth inside, hence our eyes can become inflamed, irritated and dry during the winter months.
By being exposed to either cold winds or dry heating your tears are very likely to evaporate a lot quicker than our glands can produce them. Therefore, the result will be an itchy sensation. Although, dry eyes syndrome or disease is a very common condition, it can cause pain, blurred vision, burning sensation and even headaches.
It can be very challenging to totally avoid dry eyes during winter time. There are some steps to follow so your eyes can stay as healthy and hydrated as possible.
1. Keep your home humidity between 30-55 percent
Central heating will dry your home air, which in turn will have a devastating effect on your eyes health. By using an air humidifier, you can control the humidity level and keep it between 30 to 50%, just enough to maintain your eyes lubricated.
2. Drink lots of water
Although, it might seem obvious that dehydration will lead to less tears production, cold weather can trick our body’s thirst mechanism and we can feel less thirsty, while artificial heating speeds the evaporation of the tears. Make sure you drink enough water throughout the day and eat fluid-rich fruits and veggies.
3. Don’t let the air vent blow into your face
It is very normal your first instinct when you get in the car is to set your heat on max and let it blow on your face until you are all warmed up. However, remember that the air vented into your face will dry your eye very quickly. A better alternative is to let the air blow to your feet or turn your heat chair on.
4. Use eye drops
Eye drops are your best friend during winter months. By using them regularly, night and day your eye will be hydrated, feeling refreshed and relieved. Like with everything else there is a down side to eye drops. They have to be used quite regularly throughout the day. Because every person’s needs are different and there are many makes out there, my best advice it is to use the ones that will last as many hours as possible.
Environment and wardrobe are not the only ones that need to be prepared for the winter changes, our bodies and health need just as much, or even more attention. Small changes in your daily routine will lead to noticeably greater eye comfort, fewer dry eye symptoms and sharper vision.