Do you notice your eyes get really dry during the winter months? You're not alone, as living in a dry and arid climate such as Calgary's will cause many people's eyes to get dryer than they do in warmer weather, especially during winter. Here are some tips to help keep your eyes well lubricated this winter courtesy of our Advanced Dry Eye and Ocular Wellness Clinic.
Winter in Calgary is no joke. Save for the few Chinooks that allow us to keep our sanity throughout the frozen months, most of us spend our time from November to March doing everything we can to keep warm. This includes bundling up and running the furnaces and heaters in our houses almost non-stop. But our furnaces and heaters come with an unintended consequence. They can contribute to dry eyes. Here's how you can help mitigate this problem, along with some other general winter dry eye avoidance tips.
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How to Avoid Dry Eyes This Winter
First, we need to have a good understanding of what dry eyes or dry eye syndrome is. Dry eyes are caused when the tear production or tear quality in our eyes is subpar or substandard. As a result, our eyes don't receive the proper lubrication they need. This results in:
- Red eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Irritated eyes
- Sensitive eyes
- Watery eyes (in response to the irritation)
If dry eyes are left untreated, they can lead to impaired vision and damaged corneas (the clear part of our eye).
How Does My Heater Cause Dry Eyes?
You probably guessed that the air being blown by your heater is the main culprit when it comes to causing dry eyes. While many of us don't stick our faces in front of the vents in our home, it's a different story when we're in our vehicles. Having the heat blasting in your car towards your face can compound the wintery dry eyes you're already experiencing, or cause dry eyes to develop. Additionally, the heat itself will cause moisture in the air and your eyes to evaporate, leaving your eyes less protected than usual.
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Tips to Avoid Dry Eyes This Winter
Here are some preventative eye care steps you can take to limit your risk of developing dry eyes this winter:
- Aim warm air at your body, not face. You don't have to turn off your heaters entirely and freeze this winter. You just need to aim the warm air towards your body and away from your face. This tip is especially useful when in your car. Aim those vents down!
- Be sure to wear sunglasses. It's really sunny in Calgary, even during the winter. Sunglasses will not only protect you from the sun's rays, they'll also shield you from the piercing wind which can evaporate your tears quickly.
- Don't forget to blink. Blinking is how we keep our eyes lubricated. Sometimes when we're driving in ugly weather or white knuckle conditions, we can forget to blink as we try to keep our eyes glued to the road. Just be mindful of this and try to blink as frequently as you can.
- Drink lots of water. Water is good for you all year round, not just in the stifling heat of summer. Drinking plenty of fluids will keep your entire body well hydrated, eyes included. Try your best to avoid consuming too much coffee too, as caffeine can dehydrate you and your eyes.
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