by Caroline Cauchi, OD
Your eyes are some of the most delicate and vulnerable structures in your body, and they are highly sensitive to changes in temperature. As winter sets in, the cold, dry air may cause you to develop dry eye syndrome.
In today’s post, your reliable eye doctor from Vision Solutions shares four effective ways to manage dry eyes, especially during this time of the year.
1. Stay Hydrated
Did you know that your body is mostly composed of water? Staying hydrated plays an important role in regulating your body temperature and blood pressure. It is also essential in keeping your eyes lubricated. We recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water per day.
2. Eat Cold-Water Fish
Tuna, salmon, and other cold-water fish are great sources of omega-3 essential fatty acids. These nutrients are often associated with maintaining the quantity and quality of your tears. If you’re unable to eat fish or seafood, we can prescribe nutritional supplements during your eye exam.
3. Apply Artificial Tears
Your natural tears are made of mucus, oil and water. Artificial tears contain the same elements to keep your eyes moisturized. Applying a few drops can help maintain your visual comfort, especially during the cold months.
4. Wear Sunglasses When Going Outdoors
Wearing sunglasses or eyeglasses with UV-protective features during winter is just as necessary as using them in summer. They can protect your eyes from the UV rays that bounce off the snow. They also block winds from coming in touch with your eyes, reducing your risk of developing dry eyes this season.
Most importantly, visit your trusted eye care specialist on a regular basis. We can help identify the cause of your dry eyes so we can create an effective treatment plan. For more tips on managing dry eyes during the winter, call us at (619) 461-4913. You may also fill out our form to request an appointment. We serve La Mesa, CA, and nearby areas.