Dry Eye Tips for the Winter
From sudden heat waves to cold fronts that drop the humidity into the single digits, winter weather in Austin is anything but boring. You can have one day be pleasantly cool and sunny, and the next can bring a cold front that freezes your sprinkler system before you have a chance to react. Now think about what that weather can do to your eyes if you suffer from dry eye; it's not a nice thought. Before you resign yourself to having extra-itchy and red eyes this winter, let Austin Vision Center help you.
Why Winter Weather Can Be So Bad for Dry Eye
Dry eye is the general name for a group of symptoms that stem from something going wrong with your eyes' tear production. Those tears are present at all times, just smeared across your eye as a lubricant instead of running down your face.
In some cases, it's literally dry eyes as your tear amounts are insufficient or drain too quickly. Other times, the condition is caused by faulty tear composition, meaning you're not getting the right mix of water, oil, and other components that form tear fluid. The results, in either case, are itchiness, redness, a gritty feeling or the feeling that something is stuck in your eye, and blurry vision.
Winter weather compounds the problem. Windy conditions help dry up that tear film on your eyeball; wintertime allergens like cedar increase the itchiness and redness. Don't forget that low humidity, either, as that helps dry up what little moisture your eyes have.
Treatments ultimately depend on the cause of your dry eye, but in the meantime, an optometrist can help you soothe the dry eye with artificial tears or another treatment.
Go See an Eye Doctor. Optometry Can Help
Give Austin Vision Center a call at (512) 477-2282 (central location in Tarrytown) or (512) 258-2282 (west location, near RR 2222 and FM 620). Don't let winter weather make you miss out on holiday fun because your eyes felt terrible.