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Manchester Fort opticians offers advice to reduce dry eye symptoms this winter

Manchester Fort opticians offers advice to reduce dry eye symptoms this winter

DRY and sore eyes are a problem for many people at this time of year, so Specsavers in Manchester Fort is offering people advice on how to deal with the growing problem.

Cold winds and central heating can play havoc with your eyes, leaving them feeling dry, gritty and bloodshot. The gritty sensation we sometimes experience in our eyes during the winter months is worsened by dehydration.

Matt Rowlands from Specsavers in Manchester Fort, said: ‘Every year, we see people suffering from dry eyes. The causes can be as simple as having the central heating set to its maximum temperature, having car heaters pointed at face level and sitting directly next to artificial heat sources, such as gas or electric heaters. These are simple things to fix and make your winter much more comfortable.

‘Try to avoid coffee and up your water intake, as dehydration can aggravate problems such as gritty eyes that are common during the winter months. If the problem still persists, using eye drops can add extra lubrication to dry eyes.

‘The term “dry eye” is used when the oil content of the tears doesn’t efficiently lubricate the eye. People with dry eyes often have plenty of watery tears, so adding eye drops might not seem to make sense, but it’s actually a vital contribution to the oil content of the tears.

‘Winter is a great time to get your eyes tested, as poor light conditions can make you susceptible to eyestrain. Everyone should get their eyes tested once every two years, or sooner if you are experiencing problems.’

At this time of year many people suffer from the common cold and flu. These are respiratory infections and can inflame your conjunctiva – the clear membrane covering the whites of your eyes, leaving them feeling irritated. You can help prevent cross infection from bacteria in coughs and sneezes by washing your hands before touching your eyes.

To book an appointment or get in touch with your local store, go to https://www.specsavers.co.uk/stores/manchesterfortpark