Dry eye is more common in the winter. This condition can cause the eyes to become painful, fatigued, itchy, stinging, and burning. It can also cause your eyes to turn red and form stringy mucus. If you have dry eye, you need to see an eye doctor to diagnose and treat the condition. If you are in the Yardley or Pendell areas, contact Yardley Vision Care to book an appointment with Dr. Maisel.
Dry eye is often caused by dry air and the air is at its driest during the winter. The winter wind can make this worse, drying out the eyes and making them uncomfortable. Dry eye can also be caused by age as people get older. Another common cause is taking certain medications like immunosuppressants. Several health conditions can also result in dry eye, such as thyroid problems, eye injuries, diabetes, and more.
Because dry eye happens so often in the winter, many people use humidifiers in their homes during the coldest months. These devices add water to the air so that it isn't as dry. When you choose a humidifier, be sure to look at the square footage rating. This will tell you how large of a humidifier you will need for your space.
Dry eye is generally caused by not having enough tear film on the eyes. This can be relieved temporarily by using eye drops. These drops add moisture directly to the eyes so that they aren't as dry and are better lubricated. This allows for the eyes to be more comfortable and can ease some of the itching and stinging sensations.
If you are in the Yardley or Pendell areas and experiencing dry eye, Dr. Maisel at Yardley Vision Care is here to help. We will perform an eye exam and help reduce or eliminate your dry eye symptoms. Call our team today at (215) 550-6273 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.
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