What helps against dry eyes in winter?


What helps against dry eyes in winter?

Screen work, heated air, low humidity and cold lead to dry eyes. We know what you can do about it!

Low humidity, the sharp cold outside and the heated air inside mean that many people struggle with dry eyes in winter. Of course, this doesn’t affect everyone to the same extent. It also depends on the amount of tear fluid and hormonal changes, and additional stresses such as smoking are also important. For those who regularly suffer from dry eyes in winter, Markus Gschweidl , Federal Guild Master of Eye and Contact Lens Opticians, has the most important tips:

Moisture inside and out
“Hardly any living room in Austria has sufficient humidity of 40 to 60 percent in winter. It’s just not enough to put a small air humidifier in the corner,” warns Gschweidl. A sufficient number of plants and damp towels and bowls of water on the heating can help.

Since it’s so cold outside, many tend to turn the heating up even higher. The rooms are therefore partly warmer in winter than in summer. But while you think about drinking enough in summer, this is also important in winter and can help against dry eyes! Pitcher with water on the home office table and off we go!

The right visual aids
We know anyway, it’s also a question of vanity. Glasses aren’t always so pretty. And if you only have a few dioptres, then you might think: Oh, I don’t have to wear them that badly. INDEED! Because if you don’t see well and don’t use glasses or the wrong glasses, you blink much less frequently, which in turn causes the eyes to dry out more quickly. Put it on and believe us, nobody will think that you are less pretty!

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screen breaks
The fact that you should take a screen break regularly is no secret and is the miracle cure for many problems: postural problems, migraines, dry eyes. You blink less often in front of the screen, so your eyes dry out more quickly. Just take a break every hour, do a few squats or stretches, and move on. Believe us, this will help your whole body, not just your eyes!

masks and dry eyes
In principle, masks and especially the FFP2 protection do not lead to dry eyes, unless they fit badly and the breathing air is directed upwards over the eyes. Therefore, make absolutely sure that the FFP2 protection sits well and securely! Not only because of the infection process, but also to prevent dry eyes.

eye drop
Anyone who already has red or bruised eyes should get so-called post-wetting drops from the pharmacy. These are also often offered by opticians. “It matters what you put in your eyes. If someone often suffers from dry eyes, a tear film analysis is essential,” emphasizes the expert.

Faster infection
Unfortunately, dry eyes are more susceptible to infections of all kinds, most notably the annual flu epidemic. While we’ve all tried to train ourselves not to touch our faces too much, that includes our eyes. If these feel irritated, instead of rubbing them, blink regularly.

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