The cold winds of January cause more than frosty breath and the need to bundle up in layers of warm clothing. In the winter months dry eye is a common complaint. The combination of indoor heating systems and reduced humidity along with our tendency to spend more hours unblinking in front of screens, can dry out the eyes. If your eyes feel itchy, burning, irritated or sore, then it is very likely that you have dry eye.
Dry eye is exactly what you would think - a condition in which the eyes do not have adequate moisture. Typical symptoms of dry eye include discomfort, stinging, redness and fatigue in the eyes, along with blurred vision and sensitivity to light. Research indicates that inflammatory factors play a key role in the development of dry eye. There have also been studies conducted that suggest a possible association between vitamin D levels and dry eye symptoms.
If you have only ever worn glasses, have you considered giving contact lenses a try? Single use contact lenses now offer better vision, comfort, eye health and are accessible! Participating in different activities may be more fun with contact lenses.
Smart phone and tablet usage has expanded significantly across the globe in recent years prompting scientists and researchers to ask compelling questions around how this jump in screen usage is impacting our health. The fallout from extensive mobile device usage can be felt in a number of ways, not just with the eyes. Your holistic optometrist and her team of wellness professionals can respond to your needs in helping not only treat the ailments resulting from too much screen time, but can offer some suggestions on minimizing further issues.
We live in a world of digital devices. Our work and recreation time is filled with hours of staring at screens of various sizes. This activity does not come without its drawbacks. People who spend hours every day at computers, cellphones, and tablets are susceptible to digital eye strain and dry eye. And the problem seems to be occurring more frequently in children.