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.