Winter can hard on the eyes, causing dryness to occur. First, there are the cold and harsh winter winds that stir outside. Then there is the indoor heating that we must use to stay warm that can cause our eyes to itch and become dry, just as the outside weather can. It is as if our eyes can not get a break.
However, there are tips that we can use to help conquer the symptoms of dry eyes, including the itchiness.
First, remember the main cause of dry eyes is the fact that the eyes are not producing enough fluid. Our eyes produce fluid that coats our eyes. This coating surrounds our eyes as a protector. When it isn’t covered enough dryness and itchiness can occur. This means the first act of conquering dry eyes is to make sure that the eyes have enough fluid within them. Treating the eyes with artificial tears is one way to make sure that the eyes has this fluid. Bed time is an ideal time to treat the eyes. Although, you can usually treat the eyes several times throughout the day as well, if needed. Just follow the directions on the package of the artificial tears you purchase.
What other steps can you take to conquer dry eyes?
Avoid smoke and smoking.
Smoke can really dry out the eyes. For this reason, you should avoid smoking and being around those who smokes. On the same note, you should avoid being around wood burning furnaces and the like.
Consider using a humidifier
A humidifier can add moisture to the air around you. Added moisture can help keep the air from being so dry, thus keeping your eyes from becoming dry in the first place.
Wear sunglasses when outside, especially when the wind is blowing
You need sunglasses in the winter, just as you do in the summer. If you can, you should always try to protect your eyes from blowing winds. Sunglasses are the perfect way to do this.
Position your computer at eye level
Make sure that your computer screen is position correctly. If you have to strain to see the screen, you are straining your eyes. If you have to look upward at your screen you can cause your eyes to become teary which can lead to the loss of moisture.
Drink less coffee when your eyes feel dry
Coffee can cause a mild diuretic type effect. This can lead to moisture loss of the eyes. For this reason, avoid drinking a lot of coffee during spells of dry eyes.
Talk to your pharmacist
Many medications can cause dry eyes. See if something you are taking may be the root of your problem.
Dry eyes can be painful and annoying. If these tips do not help, consider making an appointment with your eye professional.
Note: The writer of the above article is not a physician. Therefore the article should not be considered medical advice. The article is not meant to treat, diagnose, prescribe or cure any ailment. Always check with your physician before taking any products or following any advice you read online.