We’ve experienced our first bout of winter weather in North Texas—how are your eyes faring? Have you noticed eye irritation such as burning, itching or discomfort with your contact lenses once the cold weather blew through?
Lower temperatures combined with running the heater in your home and car can work a number on your eyes, drying them out and causing irritation. It’s the same reason you may experience dry or chapped skin during winter months. Your home heater reduces moisture in the air, which causes dry eyes and dry skin.
Winter air is also drier than humid summer air, and the dry air causes moisture in your eyes to evaporate more quickly than it would in the summer, preventing the production of tears to keep your eyes moist.
You can apply lotion on your skin and hands, but you can’t put lotion in your eyes. So how can you keep your eyes from drying out when the mercury drops? Here are four tips to keep your eyes moist and hydrated this winter season:
Though winter weather is one cause of dry eyes, it is not the only cause. If you experience dry eyes year round, the doctors at Key-Whitman can easily diagnose your condition with a comprehensive eye exam, offer dry eye treatment and, if necessary, prescription medication or eye drops to alleviate the irritation associated with dry eyes.