Crown Heights, New York
369 Utica Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11213
(718) 771-0078

Eye Doctor's 3 Tips to Reduce Winter Dry Eye December 12, 2018

Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Eye Doctor's 3 Tips to Reduce Winter Dry Eye, Brooklyn, New York

Dry, itchy eyes can be a symptom of various health factors — including allergies, improper contact lens care, or your environment. But, if you find your eyes are particularly dry in the winter, it may be a result of some unhealthy habits. Here are some that eye doctors say often cause dry eye in the colder weather.

3 Habits That Cause Dry Eyes in Winter

1. Using the Bathroom Exhaust Fan

The bathroom fan can be useful to reduce humidity after a hot bath or shower. However, in most homes, it’s not necessary to use it year-round. During the winter, leave the exhaust fan off while you’re bathing to minimize dry air. If your bathroom has a window, try opening it a crack instead to release excess humidity.

2. Heating Your Home

eye doctorYou rely on your heating system to keep you warm and cozy in the winter months. But, just as air conditioners can dry out your eyes in summer, so can central heating in winter. Hot, dry air can dehydrate the eyes, particularly if you tend to turn up the thermostat or have heating vents near your bed. Try lowering the temperature a few degrees to decrease dry eyes and save energy; also, avoid sitting or lying too close to vents.

3. Not Drinking Enough Water

Many people associate dehydration with heat; it’s true that when you’re sweating, you need to replenish your fluids more frequently. However, during the winter you’re at risk of becoming dehydrated because the cold may make you feel less thirsty. That’s not to mention that consuming sugary treats and celebratory alcoholic drinks can further dehydrate you. Eye doctors advise even slight dehydration can affect your eye health, reducing their ability to stay lubricated. Drink plenty of water and eat fresh produce and water-based soups this season to combat dehydration.

 

If you’re experiencing chronic eye irritation or dryness, see your eye doctor to ensure it isn’t the result of an underlying health condition. Your optometrist may also recommend the use of eye drops to reduce symptoms. If you’re a Brooklyn, NY, resident, turn to the trusted vision care team at Clear Vision Center. For over a decade, they’ve been one of the city’s most respected optometrists, offering a range of services from exams to contact lenses and glasses. Call (718) 771-0078 to speak with a friendly team member or visit the website to learn more about their services.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Clear Vision Center
Do's & Don'ts of Caring for Your Eyeglasses, Brooklyn, New York
Prescription eyeglasses are a necessary investment for anyone with vision difficulties. Learning how to take care of them properly is the first step in ensuring that they last for ma...read more
What Should You Know About Diabetic Retinopathy?, Brooklyn, New York
Some medical conditions are known for affecting the eyes, one of which is diabetes. People with diabetes are at risk of developing diabetic retinopathy, a condition in which high blo...read more
Do’s & Don’ts of Traveling With Contact Lenses, Brooklyn, New York
You don’t want poor vision to get in the way of you enjoying your vacation. That’s why you need to pack contact lenses properly before you leave. There are a number of...read more
A Guide to Snow Blindness , Brooklyn, New York
Spending time outside during the winter months can be revitalizing. If you don't take certain precautions, though, it can also cause painful conditions like snow blindness — or ...read more
A Brief Guide to LASIK Surgery, Brooklyn, New York
If you’re looking to simplify your vision care routine by reducing your need for glasses and contact lenses, you should consider LASIK eye surgery. The procedure offers worthwhile be...read more