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Prevent dry eyes during the winter months

Do you tend to have dry eyes during the winter months? It's not uncommon for people to suffer from dry eyes in the colder months of the year. When it's cold, wet or snowing outside but yet warm inside, the combination of weather can cause tears to evaporate sooner leaving behind feelings of irritation, dryness and pain. Unfortunately in persistently cold conditions the eye is unable to produce tears quick enough, so dry eye sensations can continue. Some will even experience watery eyes, as our body attempts to compensate for the lack of tear production. However, despite what you make think these tears don't improve the situation, they're called "reflex tears" and don't contain the components that keep the eyes hydrated, only watery.

Here are a few tips to help avoid dry eyes in the winter:

Eye Drops
There is a wide range of artificial-tears available to buy over the counter, that can help re-wet your eyes to stop dry and gritty feelings. If you wear contact lenses, there's also a great selection of eye drops on the market that can be applied to your contact lenses as well to help keep them moist.

Blink More
The rate you blink is reduced over a period of time when you focus on something for a long period of time. On average a person blinks around 18 times per minute. Your average bink is cut in half when looking at a digital device.

You may be wondering what’s the point of wearing sunglasses on a cold day? Sunglasses help diminish the brightness on chilly days and shielding your eyes from the sun is important. Sunglasses will not only provide the necessary UV protection but will also stop any cold wind coming into direct contact with your eyes, and shield them from dust and grit which can also contribute to dry eye.

A Good Night's Sleep
Resting your eyes is very important, as your focus on things throughout the day your eyes get tired, just like the rest of your body and the right amount of sleep will keep them feeling healthy and refreshed.

Omega 3
Research has shown that regular Omega 3 supplements can significantly improve ocular comfort, as well as being good for the heart and brain. You can buy Omega 3 supplements in most pharmacies, supermarkets or even online.

Invest in a humidifier for your home or office as it can help maintain the right amount of moisture in the air, replacing the tears lost as a result of indoor heating drawing the moisture out of the air.

Stay Hydrated
Studies have revealed that drinking water can significantly reduce dry eye symptoms. So in the winter why not drink a few extra glasses to compensate for the cold weather.

As you can see there are many steps one can take to prevent dry eyes during the winter months, so make sure to bookmark these tips to ensure you don't get dry eyes.

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