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Winter dryness gets in your eyes

Winter cold, dryness indoors from heaters and wood stoves, and plenty of screen time can cause discomfort for your eyes. A few ways to help:

  • We blink less when using a computer screen, so use the 20/20/20 rule: take a break every 20 minutes, to look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This helps our focusing and eye-pointing muscles avoid too much time in one posture.

  • Use artificial tears such as Systane Ultra, Blink, Refresh Tears, etc. Avoid gel types during daytime, as they can be too thick to provide a clear image.

  • Bruder Masks are reusable, microwaveable warm eye compresses that feel like a spa treatment. They help by getting oil glands functioning better, which improves tear film. We keep these in stock, so stop by our office to pick one up.

  • Remove contact lenses nightly and replace them on schedule to reduce the risk for bacterial infection. Keeping the lens surface as smooth as possible makes vision clearer.

  • It’s hard to make tears if you are dehydrated, so drink plenty of water and avoid diuretics like caffeine and alcohol.

  • Consider washing your eyelids with warm water and non-irritating soap such as baby shampoo.

Keeping your eyes in good health goes a long way in feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. Stay up-to-date with your regular eye exams, and let your eye doctor know if you’ve started or stopped any medications, as certain types can be drying.


Brought to you by:

David A. Hackett, OD, FCOVD

Lifetime Eye Care a division of Sterling Vision

4765 Village Plaza Loop Eugene, Oregon

(541) 342-3100 or 866-4EYELUV


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