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Opticians advise to banish dry eye symptoms this winter

Added on: 22nd December, 2017 by Anna_29468

Opticians advise to banish dry eye symptoms this winter

Last Updated:
Fri, 22 December 2017

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Specsavers opticians tell you how to avoid the dreaded winter dry eye.

AS TEMPERATURES plummet and the heating goes up during the winter months, dry and sore eyes can become an irritating problem, so Manchester opticians are lending expert tips on how to prevent the issue.

Inclement weather conditions such as cold blustery winds combined with central heating, can lead to eyes feeling dry and bloodshot.

Every year Specsavers stores in Wythenshawe, Salford, Altrincham, Fallowfield, Sale, Eccles, Manchester Fort, Manchester Arndale, Harpurhey, Openshaw, Oldham, Swinton, Royton and Stretford hear from people suffering from dry eyes. So they’ve teamed up to offer some tips on avoiding this.

Robert Millard from Specsavers in Harpurhey says: ‘Every year, we hear from people suffering from dry eyes and the causes can be as simple as having increased the central heating to max, having car heaters pointed at face level and sitting right next to direct heat such as gas or electric heaters either in the office or at home. These are simple things to fix and make your winter much more comfortable.

‘Try to avoid coffee and up your water intake, as dehydration can aggravate problems such as gritty eyes that are common during the winter months. If the problem still persists, using eye drops can add extra lubrication to dry eyes.

‘The term “dry eye” is used when the oil content of the tears doesn’t efficiently lubricate the eye. People with dry eyes often have plenty of watery tears, so adding eye drops might not seem to make sense, but it’s actually a vital contribution to the oil content of the tears.

‘What’s more, at this time of year many people suffer from the common cold and flu. As these are respiratory infections, they can inflame your conjunctiva – the clear membrane covering the whites of your eyes - leaving them feeling irritated. Washing your hands regularly can help limit the possibility of cross infection from bacteria in coughs and sneezes.’

Robert Millard says: ‘Winter is an important time to get your eyes tested as low light conditions can make you susceptible to eyestrain. Everyone should get their eyes tested once every two years, or sooner if you are experiencing any problems.’

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