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Keeping Your Eyes Healthy During the Dry Season

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When we say dry season, we usually refer to fall season. It’s the season where leaves turn beautiful orange; grass becomes yellow, air gets crisp, and the temperature drops several degrees. We start wearing jackets or coats to keep ourselves warm, and we cover our head with scarves or hats, but what about our eyes. It also includes the winter season when the temperature continues to drop and the air gets even drier.

During this season with factors like harsh air and heaters at home, you may experience a slight burning sensation or ache in the eyes. This is because the moisture inside your eyes is evaporated and our tear glands are not able to produce fluid at a rapid rate to keep the eyes moist, protected, and hydrated. However, the good news is that with following tips you can protect and keep your eyes healthy during the dry season.

1.     Wear Sunglasses

Several people choose not to wear sunglasses because they think that the sun is less intense, but that’s not the case, dermatologists and beauty experts advise to wear sunscreen even in winters as the UV rays are still released by the sun. Keeping this mind, you should wear sunglasses when you go outside. Sunglasses will protect your eyes from harsh winds that leave your eyes evaporated.

2.     Use Humidifiers

Dried eyes may not occur outdoors only; they can happen just about anywhere, in school, office, homes, shopping malls, etc. This is because people use heaters to keep the environment warm. While you may feel cozy, the heaters are drying out the environment by reducing the moisture in the air. Thus, it’s crucial for you to maintain the level of moisture by using the humidifiers which will prevent the evaporation of eyes and will protect them from burning and itchy sensations.

3.     Use Eye Drops

Sometimes you fail to protect your eyes from harsh weather conditions of dry seasons and your eye symptoms worsen; you may ease the pain by using eye drops. These drops are helpful in maintaining the moisture level of your eyes; they ease the pain and itchiness caused by dry eye symptoms. However, you should be extremely careful when putting the eye drops in your eyes as they are the most precious part of your body.

There are thousands of over-the-counter drops available in the market; it does not mean that you can use all of them. You should first speak with your ophthalmologist as they can advise you the best eye drops for your symptoms. They can also recommend you daily eye drops which clean and maintain your eyes from infections and germs and are made particularly for dry seasons.

4.     Wash Hands

Wash your hands as much as possible, make sure that you wash them with good antibacterial soap and don’t use towels. Try to dry your hands naturally because your towel may contain several infectants and germs no matter how clean they are. Washing your hands is necessary, even though you are not recommended to rub or touch your eyes but sometimes you just do it involuntarily. In such cases keeping the hands clean is the only solution.

5.     Save Yourself from Allergens

In dry seasons the number of airborne allergens increases like pollens and mold. If they settle in your eyes, they will cause allergic reactions, making your eyes red, itchy and dry. Always wash your face thoroughly when you come from outside, dust off your clothes before and after wearing them and wash your hands frequently. Always remember prevention is better than a cure.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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