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How to avoid dry eyes this winter
Monday, 19 October · 1 min read

It’s fairly common to get dry eyes during the winter months, especially if you’re out in cold, windy weather.

So how can you help prevent this happening to you this winter?

When your eyes are dry, it means your tears aren’t keeping them properly lubricated (or moist). This can damage and inflame the surface of your eyes, making them itchy, red or blurry.

This is more likely to happen in certain conditions, including cold weather as the air is drier and you're also more likely to have the central heating on when inside — which further dries out the air.

But you can help avoid dry eyes this winter, by:

  • wearing wraparound sunglasses or goggles outside — the block dry, windy air
  • using a humidifier to stop air indoors getting dry
  • directing heaters and hair dryers away from your eyes
  • getting lots of sleep

If you're spending more time at home at the moment, you may also be looking at screens more often.

Quote of the day

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.

Victor Hugo, writer

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