Our top 5 tips for dry eyes during winter

Dry Eye is an irritating condition that affects many people and can often be more prominent in the winter months. The main symptoms are dry, sore eyes, but there are others such as a gritty or burning sensation, feeling as if there is something in your eye, blurred vision, sensitivity to light and even watery eyes. If you suffer from any of these symptoms, you may want to try our tips to alleviate symptoms of dry eyes below. 

Tip 1 – protect your eyes from the wind

Environmental influences can often cause dry eyes. If you run or cycle, or even just spend much time outside during the winter, you may find the wind is one of the culprits for your dry, sore eyes. Eye protection such as wraparound sports eyewear can be a real help in keeping your eyes happy. 

Tip 2 – avoid overly dry air

With the heating keeping your home and place of work warm during these cold months, you may not realise how dry the air can get from the constant influx of heat. A simple home humidifier can make all the difference, moistening the air enough to keep dry eye symptoms at bay. 

Tip 3 – follow the 20-20-20 rule

Do you, like so many of us, spend a lot of time looking at a screen each day? All the time you’re staring at a screen you blink less than usual which makes it easier for your eyes to dry out. So, every 20 minutes, try to take a break for 20 seconds and focus on something at least 20 feet away. 

Tip 4 – eat well

A healthy diet can help your eyes, and omega-3 fatty acids are particularly good for dry eyes. Try incorporating foods such as oily fish, flax seeds, walnuts and chia seeds into your diet – these are all good sources of omega-3.

Tip 5 – avoid smoke

We all know smoking is bad for us, and dry eyes are just one of many forms in which it can affect you. Try to avoid smokey environments and of course, if you are a smoker yourself, the best way to alleviate your symptoms as well as protecting your general health, is to give up smoking altogether. 

These simple home remedies for dry eyes can often be of help, but if your symptoms persist and you’re concerned or think you may benefit from more advanced clinical treatment, the best thing to do is visit us – your opticians near Harrow for a dry eye assessment. Why not book an appointment today so go into the festive season and new year with peace of mind?