According to the American Association of Ophthalmology, approximately 3.2 million women and 1.7 million men over the age of 50 suffer from chronic dry eyes. Experts suggest that use of lubricating ointment and fish oil supplements can help in curing the condition.
The surface of eye is always covered with a thin layer of liquid known as the tear film, essential for health of eye.
Ophthalmologists says that chilly winds of winter affect the eyes, causing dry eye syndrome because of cold, dry outdoor air and dry indoor heat.
People above the age of 50 are at higher risk of dry eye condition. It commonly occurs among men above the age of 50 and women over 55-60 years. If menopause occurs at an early age, then the chances of developing dry eye syndrome during winter gets increased even among middle-aged women, reads a statement.
It is necessary to prevent and manage dry eyes. Some of the steps that one should practice are:
- Patients should wear sunglasses to protect eyes from cold wind and excess light. Artificial tears, also known as tear substitutes, should be applied at least four times a day.
- It may be used as often as necessary — only once or twice a day, or as often as several times an hour.
- If the condition aggravates, use lubricating ointment at bedtime.
- Lay a warm, damp washcloth across your eyelids for a couple minutes.
- Keep the home environment humid — between 30 and 50%. During winter, a humidifier may be used to add moisture to dry indoor air. Additional humidity can be created by wearing special glasses that form a moisture chamber around the eye.
- Drink extra fluids.
- Eat plenty of fish and foods with vitamin A, C, E and Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Drink lots of water and get plenty of rest.
- Green tea and chrysanthemum tea are beneficial for eyes and prevent eyes fatigue.
- Turn down the heat at homes which dries out the eyes.
- Green tea and chrysanthemum tea are beneficial for eyes and prevent eye fatigue.