21 December 2010

Only a dry eye in the house?

Has dry, windy weather left you with eyes that feel scratchy and irritated?


Has dry, windy weather left you with eyes that feel scratchy and irritated? Although dry eye syndrome is generally the result of hormonal changes or ageing, exposure to smoking, wind, dust, allergy-causing substances and a dry climate can worsen the symptoms.

Take action:

  • Try an over-the-counter artificial tear solution to treat symptoms – these drops can be used as often as necessary as they are just a lubricant and have no side effects;
  • don't use ordinary eye drops to reduce redness – some of these products can actually cause dry eyes;
  • wear glasses on windy days;
  • avoid smoke;
  • give your eyes a rest by closing them regularly;
  • take frequent breaks from reading or working at your computer.

Read more:
Dry eyes
I have dry eyes - can I wear contact lenses?
A look at dry eye
Keep an eye on your eyes


Get a quote


Read Health24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Live healthier

Medical bills »

GP and money Cut medical bills Medical savings account

Medical scheme: what is a self-payment gap?

Have you exhausted your day-to-day benefits and moved into your self-payment gap? Here's what it means.

Allergy alert »

Allergy myths Cold or allergy? Children and allergies

Allergy facts vs. fiction

Some of the greatest allergy myths and misconceptions can actually be damaging to your health.