Winter is nearly here, and if you’re like many Californians, then the drier climate and colder air may be taking their toll on your vision. Individuals dealing with chronic eye conditions and those who regularly don contact lenses may be especially at risk for the discomfort of dry eyes. It’s important to take steps to keep your eyes hydrated and comfortable all season long. Dry, itchy eyes can lead to ongoing irritation, where rubbing and scratching efforts will only make the problem worse! Based on where you live, the colder temperatures may add to the problem.

While we only see around 20 days of freezing temperatures here in Fresno annually, our optometrists are accustomed to treating patients who are suffering from the discomfort and inconvenience of dry eyes. Signature Optometry is here to serve as your trusted eye doctors, providing full-service support to ensure that our patients are happy and can see the future with clarity.

Keep reading for a few tips which may help you with your dry eyes, and be sure to schedule your appointment with our dry eye clinic!

Keep Hydrated

Yes, this tip can provide support for nearly any problem the human body faces. Consuming enough water throughout the winter season will help your muscles and joints work better, keep skin soft and supple, and promote proper heart health. Hydration can also benefit those dealing with dry eyes, as the body will be better able to maintain moisture and reduce dryness. 

Try Eye Drops

One of the simplest ways to ensure proper eye hydration is to utilize artificial tears to help moisten the eye’s surface. These eye drops are specifically formulated to help those with compromised tear films, reducing dryness and discomfort to create an improved quality of life. If you have continual problems, then be sure to speak with your doctor or schedule a visit to our dry eye clinic.

Bring in a Humidifier

HVAC systems are designed to condition the air, which during the cooler temperatures can result in heat. However, this conditioning can dry out the air too much, resulting in problems with your tear film. We recommend using a humidifier during the colder months to help retain the right level of ambient moisture.

If you do find yourself near a heater or vent, be sure to keep a safe distance. Constant blowing of warm air from an HVAC unit or even a cozy fire can cause problems.

Break Up Your Screen Time

Many of us stare at screens for long periods of time, especially when it comes to workplace computing. If you’re guilty of getting too into your work, then we recommend setting a timer to ensure that your eyes are taking a break every 20 minutes. Many optometrists will agree that the 20/20/20 rule can help to mix things up — every 20 minutes, sit back and look 20 feet away for about 20 seconds. This offset can give your eyes the chance to relax and refocus elsewhere.

Your contact lenses may be adding to your overall discomfort. If you notice that your eyes are feeling strained at work, then try relying on your glasses for a few days. You can also visit our optical boutique to find up-to-date glasses or request new contacts from our Fresno optometrists.

Prepare for Winter Conditions

Regardless of your plans this winter, be sure you are taking steps to keep your vision safe. California is known for its sunshine, and those harmful UV rays can cause considerable irritation. Skiers and snowboarders should make sure that they bring properly fitted goggles to keep their eyes safe.

Visit Our LipiFlow Clinic!

Signature Optometry is among the only optometrists in Fresno authorized to provide LipiFlow treatments. This service relies on activators to place heat of your Meibomian Glands, breaking up any blockage to restore oil production and enable your eyes to retain their moisture. Our experienced eye doctors can work with you to find the best treatment plan, relying on the best dry eye treatments in the industry to restore your comfort and confidence.

Ready to get started? Contact us online to learn more about our optometrists and to receive answers on any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you!