Why Are Dry Eyes More Common in Cooler Weather

Why Are Dry Eyes More Common in Cooler Weather?

  • By:Dr. Katie Dugan

It is normal to experience dry eyes on occasion, and some people find their dry eye problems more common when the weather is dry and windy. Have you found that your dry eye symptoms get worse during this time of year?

Whether you have seasonally dry eyes or find that the symptoms happen throughout the year, rest assured, knowing there are things you can do to alleviate the symptoms. Talk to an eye doctor for the best recommendations based on your individual needs.

Common Causes of Dry Eyes in Cooler Weather

When the weather dries out, then it means that your eyes need to produce more tears to keep the surface of the eyes lubricated and healthy. These tears are a balance of water, mucus, and fatty oils.

When you experience dry eyes, it could be a factor related to the weather. For example, more wind can dry out the eyes. Also, lower humidity levels can play a role. Moisture tends to be lower in the winter, and indoor heating can dry out the air inside.

During the cooler months, there are a few things that you can do to alleviate these dry eye symptoms. For example, try using a humidifier or eye drops when the symptoms get worse. Some people also find benefits from wearing glasses to protect them from the wind or taking a break from looking at the computer to give their eyes a rest while working.

What Do Dry Eyes Feel Like?

There are a variety of symptoms that might occur if you have dry eyes:

  • A sensation of itching or stinging in the eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Scratchy feeling in the eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Overall eye discomfort
  • Light sensitivity

Also, consider that wearing contact lenses can sometimes increase the risk of dry eyes.

Talk to an Eye Expert About Dry Eyes and Other Symptoms

If anything is bothering your eyes, then it’s important that you talk to an eye expert without delay. Not only does our eyecare team offer eye examinations for prescription lenses, but our full-service solutions also help to protect your eye health.

Regular eye examinations are the foundation of healthy vision for life. Additionally, you can schedule appointments on an as-needed basis when other symptoms or issues arise between your examinations.

What questions do you have about dry eyes and other eye conditions? Contact our team at Temecula Creek Optometry when you need more information. We are happy to schedule an examination so you can talk to an eye doctor: (951) 302 -1331.

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