There are plenty of great things about the winter season—outdoor ice rinks, snow angels, chestnuts roasting on open fires—you get the picture. But one of the worst parts of the season can be the cold, dry air and its effects on your body. Nobody likes dry flaky skin or chapped lips, but a lot of us end up dealing with another problem—dry eyes. Dry eyes can be more than just an annoyance.
Dry eyes often occur during the winter due to the lack of moisture in the air. The condition can also be exacerbated by digital eye strain, as many people now have jobs that require them to be on a computer for most of the day. When the tear glands in our eyes dry out, they begin to itch and burn, and that can range from a minor annoyance to very real discomfort for some.
If you suffer from dry eye, you probably already keep some eye drops handy, but there are other things you can do this winter to help ease the symptoms of dry eye.
- For one thing, you can buy a humidifier to release more moisture into the air in your home. You may not be there all day, but you do spend a significant portion of your time at home, so make sure you’re in an environment with plenty of moisture in the air.
- You should also take care to keep your contact lenses well hydrated. If they get too dry, they can lose their shape and cling to your eyes, causing irritation and blurriness. Be sure to use re-wetting drops throughout the day and keep your contact lenses moist.
- Also remember to wear sunglasses, a hat with a brim, or both while you’re outside. The sunglasses and hat will help protect your eyes from wind and excess light, and protecting your face from wind with a brim or hood will help prevent your eye’s tear film from evaporating.
Dry eyes are more than just a nuisance, and that’s why we recommend you try our Dry Eye Care Center, where we offer the latest in chronic dry eye treatment. The Care Center features the Mibo Thermoflo, a massaging dry eye treatment that has shown 98% effectiveness in relieving symptoms. The gentle massaging gel releases a controlled stream of heat that breaks down hardened oils in the tear glands, and conditions them to secrete thinner, cleaner oils.
Along with this fantastic treatment, the Center helps address the role of digital eye strain in chronic dry eye, and the Mibo Thermoflo can help with that, as well.
You’ll find that you receive rigorous, personalized care when you come into the Dry Eye Care Center. You’ll get a thorough assessment of the causes of your dry eye, along with a recovery plan that may include vitamins, natural remedies, supplements, and appropriate medication.
So don’t put yourself through another painful winter facing dry eye alone. Give us a call today and set up and appointment through our wonderful Dry Eye Care Center.