Dealing with Winter Dry Eyes

Do your eyes feel dry this time of year? You are not imagining things and you are not alone. Humidity tends to drop in the winter with the colder temperatures. We then exacerbate the problem with forced hot air to heat our homes and offices, making indoors even dryer. Since it is chilly out, we tend to spend most of our time indoors this time of year. This reduction of humidity can leave your eyes feeling dry and irritated.

The winter reduction in humidity can leave your eyes not being as lubricated as they should be, leading to dry eye discomfort. There are a number of steps you can take to help alleviate this problem not just during winter months, but year round.

Drink lots of water – we never seem to drink enough
Use sunglasses or eyeglasses to protect your eyes from cold winds
Avoid cigarette smoke
Use a humidifier at home to compensate for reduced humidity
Eat food rich in omega-3 fatty acids
Avoid wearing contact lenses for long periods of time
Avoid blowing the air from a hair dryer into your face
Watch how much coffee you drink as it is actually a diuretic
Don’t point the vents from your car heater directly into your face
Carry a lubricating eyedrop

If you have questions about dry eyes, call to schedule an exam and we can explain all your options.  Heitmeier and Armani Medical and Surgical Eyecare 504-368-7081.

About the author

Dr. David Heitmeier

Dr. David Heitmeier

A lifelong resident of the West Bank, David Heitmeier is a Doctor of Optometry and owns and manages one of the region's most successful clinical practices. A 1979 graduate of Holy Cross High School, Doctor Heitmeier went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Biological, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Completing his education with a doctorate in Optometry in 1987 from the University of Houston, he chose to work in the community he loves and founded Heitmeier & Armani - Medical and Surgical Eyecare. Doctor Heitmeier's commitment to hard work and innovation has earned him the admiration of his colleagues in the field of healthcare. He has lectured on business organization and efficiency and has taught the principles of patient service and ethics around the country.

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