When your eyes do not produce a sufficient volume of tears; or if the tears that they do make are not of the ideal composition, you could develop Flatlands dry eyes. And while this is a cause for concern all year round, the winter weather serves to make it worse. Here at Contemporary Eye Care, we have treatment options that will result in relief.
Flatlands dry eyes do not pose any permanent danger to your optical health or vision, but there are troublesome symptoms that you might experience. They include a burning or stinging sensation in the eyes, unusual sensitivity to light, red eyes, and blurred vision, particularly when you spend significant time in front of a computer, mobile device, or reading. Contacts can become uncomfortable to wear when your eyes are dry, also. Smoke can be a contributing factor to Flatlands dry eyes, and so can wind. And this is why you need to be extra careful during the winter months, when strong and cold winds are very common. One method you can use to help combat this effect is to wear sunglasses when possible. But ultimately, you should be examined and evaluated by our optometrist. Testing includes gauging the volume of your tears as well as their quality. Typically, artificial tears will be recommended as the treatment of choice, either over-the-counter or prescription strength, depending on the severity of the issue. You should also avoid smoke, your own and that of others. Shield yourself from wind when you can, and stay out of air-conditioned rooms. A humidifier in your home can be very helpful in terms of adding much-needed moisture to the air. Surgery is not often required, but may be in more extreme situations, such as when artificial tears and lifestyle adjustments have not produced the needed results.
Of the many ways that winter can affect you, drying out your eyes is one that can be managed. If you are dealing with dry eyes this winter, contact our office to book an examination.