Crewe optician reveals ways of avoiding 'dry eye' this winter

Crewe Guardian: Crewe optician reveals ways of avoiding 'dry eye' this winter Crewe optician reveals ways of avoiding 'dry eye' this winter

A CREWE optician is advising residents to look after their eyes in the winter months.

Cold winds and central heating can play havoc with eyes, leaving them feeling dry, gritty and bloodshot.

Michael Elleray, store director at Specsavers in Market Street, is offering a few tips and facts to help prevent eye soreness.

Just a few ways of reducing dry eyes this winter include reducing the setting on your central heating, avoiding car heaters, especially at face level, and sitting away from direct heat such as gas or electric heaters.

The gritty sensation we sometimes experienced in our eyes during the winter months can be made worse with dehydration.

Mr Elleray said; “Cut back on the coffee and drink more water. 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 may seem to not make sense but it’s actually a vital contribution to the oil content of the tears.”

At this time of year many people suffer from the common cold and flu. These are respiratory infections and can inflame your conjunctiva – the clear membrane covering the whites of your eyes, leaving them feeling irritated.

You can help prevent cross infection from bacteria in coughs and sneezes by washing your hands before touching your eyes.

Mr Elleray added: “Even though it is winter, sunglasses are still handy to have to hand.

“The sun is low in the sky at this time of year and can uncomfortably bright for drivers.

“Sunglasses give the added protection against ultraviolet radiation and can help reduce the risk of developing cataracts and macular degeneration.

“The snow will be here soon too and will reflect more UV radiation so remember your sunglasses after snowfall or on skiing holidays.”

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