Colder weather means more likelihood of dry eyes, and at the office of Dr. Paul Thompson, our Las Vegas eye care makes treating it a priority. While not dangerous to your long term eye health or vision, it is not uncommon to experience discomfort and temporarily blurry vision, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help.
What causes dry eyes? When you do not produce enough tears to properly lubricate your eyes, or the tears you are making are of poor quality, your eyes fail to be sufficiently moist. There are other factors that put you at greater risk, though. Among them are exposure to wind and smoke. And while dry eyes can occur in any season, cold weather is more closely associated with it. Not only is more wind present, but you may find yourself indoors a lot, with windows closed, and dry heat making the situation worse. Symptoms that you should be aware of with regard to dry eyes in addition to blurriness are redness of the eyes, sudden sensitivity to light, tired eyes, and discomfort when you wear your contact lenses. Our Las Vegas eye care will begin with a thorough eye exam, which includes specific tests to determine the volume and quality of your tears. Fortunately, the treatment for this condition is generally simple. Artificial tears are a type of eye drop. You can get them at your local drug store without a prescription, though a stronger version will require Dr. Thompson to write one for you. In addition, you should wear either eyeglasses or sunglasses when you’re outside on windy days, stay out of air-conditioning if possible, and avoid smoke, including second hand. If you can, it’s advisable to get a humidifier for your home. It will add essential moisture to the air.
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