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7 ways to prevent and manage dry eyes this winter

7 ways to prevent and manage dry eyes this winter

Thursday 17 December 2020

With winter well underway and even colder weather around the corner, it’s as important as ever to look after our eyes. Dry eyes are a common condition during the winter months and can cause eyes to feel itchy, sore, red, gritty, blurry, watery and more sensitive to light.

Dr. Tushar Grover, Medical Director at Vision Eye Centre, explains, “Some of the most common factors which cause dryness in otherwise healthy eyes include cold temperature, low humidity and windy weather.”

There are a number of ways you can help prevent and manage dry eyes throughout the winter and beyond, and here are some suggestions:

  1. Use moisturising eye drops. Talk with your optometrist for guidance on the appropriate product for your needs and your medical history.
  2. Protect your eyes when outside. Consider wearing a brimmed hat, sunglasses, goggles or a visor. Wind, UV rays and the elements irritate dry eyes.
  3. Think before you turn up the heating. Keep the indoor room temperature reasonably warm but not excessively hot. Central heating and fan heaters can make the air indoors very dry. Also avoid sitting too close to heaters and heating vents.
  4. Consider using a humidifier. Not only does humidity drop outside, but people also turn up their heating so the air inside is even drier than the air outside. A humidifier adds soothing moisture to the air and may relieve dry eyes.
  5. Hydrate. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If cold water doesn’t appeal to you, try herbal tea or hot water with lemon or ginger. Limit your intake of alcohol and caffeine as these are known to dehydrate you.
  6. Remember to blink. Some people blink less frequently than is ideal when during periods of intense focus or concentration. This frequently happens at the computer, but may also happen while reading, playing sports, pursuing hobbies or working.
  7. Eat foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Oily fish, such as sardines, salmon and mackerel are rich in Omega-3 fats. As are flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts. You may also consider taking

Omega-3 supplements such as cod liver oil. These healthy fats have many potential benefits, including helping to maintain lubricated eyes and reducing inflammation. Dry eye can be a sign of many eye conditions, so be sure to see your eye care professional to discuss any symptoms you experience.

The content included in this article is in no way substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult your doctor or optician if you have any concerns.


  1. NDTV.
  2. Charlotte Optometry.
  3. Eyesite.
  4. NHS.
  5. Optimax.


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