Ask the Optician – Why do I get Dry Eyes in the Winter?

Ask the Optician – Why do I get Dry Eyes in the Winter

AS the days get colder and the nights draw in, cold winds, wet weather and central heating can all play havoc with your eyes, leaving them feeling dry, gritty and bloodshot. Here are a few hints to help prevent eye soreness over the coldest months of the year.

What is dry eye?

The term “dry eye” is used when we don’t produce enough tears or our tears evaporate too quickly. People with dry eyes often have plenty of water in their tears but not enough oil. Dry eyes can be caused by heating and air conditioning, windy and cold conditions and certain medications.

How can it be avoided or reduced?

Don’t get dehydrated – Cut back on the coffee and drink more water, use eye drops and sprays to add extra lubrication.

Wash your hands before touching your eyes toprevent cross infection from the viruses in coughs and sneezes which can inflame your conjunctiva – the clear membrane covering the whites of your eyes, leaving them feeling irritated.

Reduce the setting on your central heating, avoid car heaters, especially at face level, and sit away from direct heat such as gas or electric heaters.

Winter is a great time to get your eyes tested as poor light conditions can make you susceptible to eyestrain. There are Specsavers Opticas stores in Marbella and Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol, visit to find your nearest store and book an appointment


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