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Tips to Reduce Dry Eye this Holiday Season

by Caroline Cauchi, OD

Your eye doctor in La Mesa, CA is wishing you moist and smooth eyes this holiday season. Read on to learn some of the causes of dry eye recommended tips that will help especially during the wintertime.

Causes of Dry Eye In the Wintertime

Holidays season starts the time of year when the weather gets colder so naturally we tend to spend more time indoors using our heaters and fireplaces. This feels great to our cold little fingers and toes, but it is actually not so great for our eyes. The indoor air is bone dry and can cause “dry eyes”.

Symptoms of Dry Eye

Symptoms of a parched or dye eye include:

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  • Burning
  • Tearing
  • Redness
  • Blurring
  • And a feeling that you have something in your eye

Tips to Reduce Dry Eye

So what can you do to reduce dry eye in the wintertime? The first and easiest thing you can do is to remember to blink. Of course, blinking is a natural instinct, but sometimes we don’t blink often enough, so consciously force your eyes to blink big several times per hour. You can also try a luricating drop three times per day, preferably one that has a gentle preservative like Refresh Optive. Another helpful tip to reduce dry eye is to drink water. Feel free to add a couple drops of a flavoring to the water to entice you to drink more! When you go outdoors, make sure you remember to wear your sunglases. This will help shield your eyes from any drying wind.

It’s important to keep those peepers nice and moist so you will look lovely for those holiday photos. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, schedule an eye exam with one of our eye doctors today. Call (619) 461-4913 or request an appointment while you are here on our website. We would love to see you!

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