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3 Tips To Soothe Your Dry Eyes This Winter

It’s indoor heating season! And for many people, that also means dry eye season. People are more susceptible to DES in the winter because space heaters, fireplaces, and central heating systems all reduce moisture, leaving your eyes exposed to dry air.

Seasonal changes like reduced humidity and allergen-bearing breezes also contribute to dry eye syndrome.

Some common symptoms of dry eye syndrome are red, gritty, watery, irritated, and burning eyes. Those with DES may also experience blurred vision.

If you or a loved one are experiencing any symptoms of DES, contact Eyeworks in Ft. Worth, Southlake, or Downtown.

Here Are 3 Tips For Soothing Your Dry Eyes This Winter

  1. Stay Hydrated

Maintaining proper hydration is essential to producing sufficient tears. Your tears provide a continually moist, comfortable, and cleansed environment for your eyes.

So why not drink more hydrating fluids like water, milk, juice, tea, and coconut water to naturally support healthy tear production?

  1. Use a Humidifier

Make sure to combat the indoor dryness from heating systems with a cool-mist humidifier. Try to position the humidifier next to your office desk or night table, or wherever you spend the most time. And when you do use a heater, make sure the hot air flow isn’t blowing directly into or near your eyes.

  1. Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses aren’t just for the summertime. Make sure to wear 100% UV blocking sunnies whenever outdoors to shield your eyes from harsh winds that can make your tears evaporate too quickly.

Bonus Tip: Visit Your Eye Doctor

If your eyes are giving you any trouble this winter, we can help. At Eyeworks we provide our patients with long-lasting relief from DES and many other ocular conditions.

To schedule your eye exam in Ft. Worth, Southlake, or Downtown, call us today!

At Eyeworks, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 817-346-7077 or book an appointment online to see one of our Ft. Worth eye doctors.

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Reading Glasses For Kids

Eye care for children is something that should start from an early age — even before they start school. A comprehensive eye exam is important, mainly to rule out any underlying eye conditions.

Who Needs Reading Glasses?

Reading glasses are for use in children to correct both refractive errors and to support the eyes as they are developing and coping with the demands of school. The most common refractive errors are myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), and astigmatism. Children may need glasses to support their eyes due to focusing difficulties or other binocular vision problems. Signs that a child may need glasses include:

  • Frequent squinting, eye strain, or eye rubbing
  • Complaints their eyes get tired or they are seeing double
  • Difficulties reading or learning
  • Dislikes doing school work
  • Attention or concentration problems

If you notice any of these behaviors, bring your child to an eye doctor for an eye exam.

Types of Eye Exams For Children

Typically, your child’s optometrist can start comprehensive eye exams before the child can even recognize letters, to check the child’s eye health or any obvious signs of eye disease. As the child reaches ages 2 or older, they will start to recognize pictures and symbols. This allows their vision to be examined in greater depth.

Before a child starts school it is important to have a comprehensive eye examination to check that the two eyes are working together to rule out lazy eye and eye turns as well as visual skills, including focusing, eye tracking, and binocular vision.

If your child has already been diagnosed with a vision problem or has a family history of vision or eye problems, comprehensive eye exams are even more essential.

If you are unsure if your child needs reading glasses contact us to schedule an appointment today!

At Eyeworks, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 817-346-7077 or book an appointment online to see one of our Ft. Worth eye doctors.

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