Eye Health

Updated 13 February 2015

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.

  • 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.


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Megan Goodman qualified as an optometrist from the University of Johannesburg. She has recently completed a Masters degree in Clinical Epidemiology at Stellenbosch University. She has a keen interest in ocular pathology and evidence based medicine as well as contact lenses.

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