Dry eyes, while a concern any time of year, are more common in the colder weather. At Metro Optics, it is our optometrist in Throggs Neck job to help you keep your eyes sufficiently lubricated even in the face of a harsh winter. Fortunately, with a combination of lifestyle recommendations and painless treatment, we can do that for you.
A lack of sufficient tear production, or tears that are of poor quality are the two causes of dry eyes. When you observe symptoms such as reddened eyes, sudden sensitivity to light, tired eyes, or blurry vision, or discomfort when wearing your contact lenses, you should take action to address the situation. In addition to cold weather being a risk factor for dry eyes, wind regardless of the temperature is a risk factor. The same is true of smoke, both your own and second hand. If you are experiencing the discomfort and signs of dry eyes, our optometrist in Throggs Neck will conduct an eye exam and do tests to determine the quality and quantity of your tears. Don’t worry, though. These are not invasive tests. The typical treatment for dry eyes is the application of artificial tears, in eye drop form. You can buy them over-the-counter, or our optometrist in Throggs Neck can prescribe a stronger version, if needed. In order to maximize their effectiveness, and make recurrences less likely, we recommend that you avoid wind, or wear eyeglasses or sunglasses when you’re out on windy days. Stay out of air-conditioning if possible. Consider a humidifier for your home, also. It will add much-needed moisture to your indoor environment. Limit your exposure to smoke, too.
Contact our office to set up an appointment with our optometrist in Throggs Neck. There are ways to combat the bothersome and frustrating effects of dry eyes. And we will lead you in the right direction.