5 Tips for Winter Dry Eyes

treatingdryeyes2The winter months mean more than just cold - it usually means dry air. Its dry outside and with forced air heating systems, it can be very dry inside too. Your eyes need more moisture in the drier months. Dry eyes can be very irritating and sometimes interfere with work and play. Here are a few steps you can take to help soothe and prevent dry eyes from Dr. Dora; 1. Increase Omega-3 Intake Whether through eating more foods rich in Omega-3, like salmon, walnuts, pasture-raised meat and soybeans, or by taking an Omega-3 supplement. You should check with your doctor before taking any supplements to make sure they do not interfere with current medications. Omega-3's help to increase your tear film. As a bonus - they will improve your hair and nail cuticles!

2. Use a Humidifier There are a lot of great small scale humidifiers on the market that you can use in your office or home, but sleeping with one next your bed is a great way to help prevent dry eyes. Click here to find practical (and good looking) humidifiers!

3. Stay Hydrated It is always important to drink lots of water and stay hydrated, but it can seem less important when the weather is cold. You still need to stay hydrated even though you aren't sweating and overheating (hard to imagine being hot in this cold snap isn't it?). Bringing a reusable bottle to work or keeping one around your home can help remind you to drink up!

4. Switch to Daily Contact Lenses Consider making the switch to daily contact lenses during the drier season. Dailies ensure that you have a fresh clean lens on  your eye everyday, this in turn decreases dryness. If you interested in learning more about daily contact lenses, schedule an appointment or give us a call!

5. Proper Lid Hygiene Properly cleaning your eyelids helps to make sure that your tear ducts aren't blocked - if they are blocked they can't secrete the tears your eyes need to remain lubricated. While in the shower, use warm soapy water or a clean washcloth to gently clean your lids and eyelashes.

Follow these tips to help relieve your dry eye symptoms this winter! As always, if you feel it more serious or you are having pain or redness, please schedule an appointment to come in and have your eyes examined.