Winter is the worst part of the year for dry eyes. Dryness can occur when tear ducts produce insufficient fluid or when blinking prevents proper tear distribution. Winter can increase these issues many fold with the operation of heaters that remove moisture from the air, winter cold “zapping” your eyes, among other problems.
Fortunately, there are ways to get around winter dry eye syndrome including the following:
- Adding a humidifier to your home is a big boost in stopping winter dry eye.
- Keep your eyes protected from blowing air, especially outside.
- Try dry eye drops like Refresh Eye Drops or other preservative free eye drops.
- Avoid red eye drops, as they tend to make dry eyes worse.
- If problems persist, see your eye doctor to make sure there aren’t any major vision problems.
Hopefully these simple tips help you survive the rest of winter. Stay warm!