During winter a lot of people get dry eyes. This can be due to the effects of being inside for long periods in heated rooms, or outside in cold windy conditions. Also, those of us who spend a lot of time in front of computer screens without a break often complain of this condition.
Another less common reason for having dry eyes is if you’re taking certain medicines – for example, some antidepressants or blood pressure medications.
Not enough tears
Tears are made up of three separate secretions: a sticky base layer, a watery mid layer and an oily top layer (which slows tear evaporation). Dry eye is a sore, gritty sensation caused by too little tear production or poor-quality tears forming an inadequate film.
Normally, tears form a protective film over the surface of the eye, lubricating movement and washing away debris and any toxins. Dry eye can be painful and cause sensitivity to bright light or the open air and wind.
Dry eye symptoms
Symptoms of dry eye could be one or more of the following: itchy, sore, gritty, red, blurry, sensitive to light, or even more watery than normal.
Remedies for dry eyes
There are things you can do to help. These include:
- keep your eyes clean;
- take breaks to rest your eyes when using a computer screen;
- use a humidifier to stop the air getting dry;
- get plenty of sleep to rest your eyes;
- give your eyes a break from wearing contact lenses;
- and of course, smoking doesn’t help.
The pharmacists at Clive’s Chemist can help with recommending products to help clean and protect your eyes, and give you the right advice on which drops, gels or ointments are the right ones for you. We will also refer you if we think the condition is more serious.