Dry Eyes and Climate and Altitude

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Dry Eyes and Climate and Altitude


Do you suffer from dry eyes, you know, the ones that are itchy and burning and there doesn’t seem to be any relief? Join the millions who suffer right along side you. There are many reasons one may suffer from the dry eye syndrome, age plays a factor into dry eyes as well environmental factors and lifestyle. Even where you live plays a huge role in the dry eye syndrome.

The tear lining of your eyes deteriorating causes dry eye syndrome. A normal eye has a thin tear lining covering it at all times keeping it moist. When your tear gland become damaged and stops producing tears naturally, or when the tear lining becomes infected irritation sets in and the dry eye syndrome settles in, leaving you less then comfortable, and producing intolerance to your contact lenses.

The tear lining is what shield your delicate eye tissues from free radicals in the air. When it is no longer present, your eyes no longer have the ability to flush naturally these elements away. When you live in climates that are already dry, hot and windy this increases the already unpleasant condition of dry eyes. This leads to dry spots on your cornea weakening your vision.

However, the environment you live in could have lead to your dry eye syndrome alone. Free radicals in the air, high altitudes, air conditioning, cigarette smoke, extended periods of working on a computer, contact lenses, and as previously said, hot, dry and windy climates can all lead to dry eye syndrome. If you work on a computer all day, or live in a climate or work or live in an environment that is ripe for the development of dry eye syndrome there are some preventive measures you can take to help reduce the risks. If you work on a computer for extended periods of time, blink your eyes frequently and take breaks away from it. In hot, dry, and windy climates wear eye protection and use artificial tears when you feel the slightest bit of dryness on your eyes. If you have control over air conditioning in your work environment, either try to stay away from it or turn it down to where it is not running continuously. Increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet.

If you suspect you are experiencing dry eye syndrome seek out an Eye Care Center that has an experienced Optometrist for a full eye evaluation. Some common symptoms of dry eye syndrome due to climate and altitude are itching, burning, irritation, redness, tired eyes, and a thickening of mucus surrounding your eye to name a few. Your best line of defense whenever you experience any abnormalities in your eyes is to seek out a quality Optometrist immediately. Your eyesight is far too important to ignore. If you live in the Northern Colorado – Ft. Collins region or want to learn more about dry eye syndrome or other eye complications visit www.drkisling.com. Dr. Kisling can see to your needs and answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your eye care. Preventive measures such as regular eye care exams at a Eye Care Center is your best defense in having long lasting quality eye sight.

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