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Tips for Coping with Dry Eyes in the Winter

How to Deal with Your Dry Eyes When Cold Winds Blow

Dry eye syndrome is a chronic condition linked to a number of irritating symptoms, such as stinging, burning, itching, the sensation of sand under your eyelids, and redness. This uncomfortable and sometimes painful condition develops when your eyes are not well lubricated. A known cause for dry eye syndrome is the air around you, such as the cold, blustery winds of winter, as well as a dry environment due to indoor heating.

Rubbing your eyes and blinking constantly are an automatic way that people deal with their dry eyes in the winter. Yet, this is typically ineffective behavior that could even make your condition worse. For genuine, lasting relief, you need to visit your expert Washington, DC, optometrist for a thorough eye exam. We’ll assess your dry eyes to offer the best treatment and strategies to alleviate your discomfort.

Protect Your Eyes from the Elements

Dry eyes in the winter can often be prevented with some basic lifestyle hacks. Try the following tips for protecting your sensitive eyes from the crisp and cold winter air and the hazards of indoor heating:

  • Don’t sit next to the heater or radiator at home or work
  • Use a humidifier to reverse the drying effects of your heating system
  • Apply warm compresses to your dry eyes to relieve mild symptoms
  • Choose to wear eyeglasses more frequently in the winter, instead of contact lenses
  • Wear wraparound sunglasses or goggles (with UV protection) when outdoors, especially when you hit the slopes
  • Use artificial tears eye drops to restore moisture to your eyes; check with our Washington, DC, optometrist about which brand is best for your condition
  • Take eye health supplements with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Refrain from rubbing your eyes, as this could lead to scratches on your eye’s surface

Dry eyes in the winter are common, yet you don’t need to sit back and suffer until the season changes. If you don’t experience relief by implementing the tips listed above, our eye doctors can offer medical treatment for dry eyes. We’re knowledgeable and experienced in a range of therapies, including prescription medicines and minor surgical procedures. Don’t wait for your symptoms of dry eye to become severe, contact our Washington, DC, office to schedule a consultation as soon as winter blows in.


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