Cold weather is known to trigger dry eye symptoms and can make chronic dry eye worse. We’ve provided some helpful tips to help reduce dry eye symptoms over winter.
During the winter, humidity decreases in the air due to the colder weather conditions. People also tend to heat their homes which causes the humidity in homes to fall too. This contributes to the tear film in the eye to evaporate faster, which is a common symptom of dry eye.
There are a variety of things to try to help dry eyes in winter.
- Drink water
- Protect your eyes
- Avoid direct heat
Use a humidifier at home or in the workplace to add moisture to the air. This will help dry eye symptoms as they eyes are irritated by dry air.
It tends to be more difficult to drink and stay hydrated in cold weather and we tend to steer towards caffeinated drinks which can also dehydrate the body. Try switching to decaffeinated herbal teas like peppermint or chamomile. These will warm you up while hydrating you.
As the weather gets windier it is important to protect your eyes from the wind and debris in the air. Another factor many of us forget is to protect your eyes from sunlight on cold sunny days. Wearing sunglasses can protect the eyes from both sunlight and the wind.
Many of us use blow heaters to warm us up on chilly days, whether that be in the car or at home. Blowing heat is very drying for both the skin and eyes. Keeping heaters facing your feet at home and in the car can help avoid drying eyes.