Tips for Dry Eyes in Cold Weather

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As we travel further into the winter months, cold and dry weather is to be expected. With this can come certain discomforts caused by the lack of moisture, such as dry and itchy eyes.

It is estimated that nearly 5 million adults in the United States suffer from dry eye syndrome, a condition that can worsen when the weather turns cold. Symptoms of this condition such as dry and itchy eyes, red eyes, light sensitivity, blurry vision, and general eye fatigue should not be ignored. When left untreated, dry eye syndrome can result in lasting discomfort and may even impact future eye health.

How to Deal With Dry Eyes

When the weather turns cold, humidity drops. This is one of the largest factors behind an increase in dry eye syndrome during the winter. To combat this, use a humidifier in your home. You can use individual room humidifiers or have your heating system upgraded to include a whole-house humidifier, an option that can offer consistent comfort no matter where in your house you may be.

In addition to using a humidifier, you can help ease the discomfort of dry eyes by:

  • Staying hydrated
  • Wearing eye protection when outside
  • Avoiding direct exposure to blowing heat
  • Keeping contacts clean

If you are a smoker, quitting will assist with dry eye syndrome as well. Smoking is one of the leading causes of this condition.

Professional Help

At Seeta Eye Center, we are pleased to offer both cutting-edge and time-tested treatment options that can help restore comfort to patients suffering from dry eye syndrome.

Moisturizing eye drops are perhaps the most common treatment for dry eyes. Simple to use, eye drops offer immediate moisture and can relieve many of the symptoms associated with the disorder. We also offer LipiFlow, a dry eye treatment that utilizes heat and pressure to stimulate Meibomian glands. This, in turn, helps to prevent tear evaporation and provides a long-lasting solution for some individuals with dry eyes.

There isn’t a single option that will be right for every need. If you are suffering from chronic eye dryness, give us a call at 845-454-1025 to schedule a consultation at our Poughkeepsie or Fishkill office today.