The winter months can be brutal on the eyes, especially for those who suffer from dry eye syndrome. The dryer, cooler temperatures can aggravate your eyes, causing an increase in dry eye symptoms. If you live in or around Englewood or Denver, contact Mile High Eye Institute to schedule an appointment with one of our optometrists. Let’s look at a few tips that you can use when dealing with dry eye.
It may require multiple treatments to relieve your dry eye symptoms. Typical dry eye treatments involve artificial tears, which help restore the eye's natural moisture. Artificial tears are available as over-the-counter eye drops at most local drug stores. Furthermore, contact-friendly eye drops are available for those who wear contact lenses.
Another effective dry eye treatment is over-the-counter eye ointments which can be applied to the eyes before bedtime. Warm moist compresses can also help treat dry eyes. For example, soak a clean washcloth in warm water and lightly apply it over the eyes for ten minutes. The moist cloth helps soothe and rest your dry eyes.
Heaters can dry out the air, which can lead to dry eyes. Using an indoor humidifier can help keep moisture in the air during the winter months. Routinely clean out the humidifier to reduce the chances of collecting bacteria and spreading diseases throughout the house. Other things to avoid when you are experiencing dry eye include hairdryers or anything that can blow warm air directly into the eyes and excessive rubbing of the eyes. Other tips to prevent dry eyes include:
Dealing with dry eyes in the winter can be frustrating and irritating. Our eye doctors can provide additional tips and prescription medications to help ease your dry eye syndrome in the winter and all year long. Call our team today at (303) 482-1300 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.