As the temperatures drop, you may notice your eyes are getting drier. It’s common for eyes to be dry during the cold months, but it’s definitely not comfortable for those who suffer from it.
So, what causes dry eyes?
Chronic dry eyes can be the result of a host of conditions. During winter months a common contributor is heating vents in the car, at work, and at home. Other factors can include anything from allergies to general eye inflammations. Even something as simple as not blinking enough when doing computer work can add to the irritation. It’s important to see your eye care professional for a proper diagnosis. If you’re in need of vision care and want access to affordable individual and family vision plans, visit VSPDirect.com.
What are some things you can do if you suffer from dry eyes?
- Keep the air in your home moist with a humidifier.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harsh winds and extra light.
- Make sure to keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of fluids, especially water.
- Find out from your eye doctor which artificial tears, if any, would be appropriate for your specific condition.
- A warm wet compress on your eyes can help relieve the strain after being outside or a long day’s work.
If you start noticing your eyes are dry chronically – see an eye care professional right away. He/She can provide the best course of treatment. If you don’t have access to affordable vision care look into individual vision insurance plans from VSP Direct. Plans start as low as $17 a month.
Guest Post Written by VSP Employee Jessica Caswell