Dry Eye in the Spring
“Dry Eye” May Worsen in Early Spring
A new study shows that the condition called dry eye can be worse during cold temperatures, especially if the thermometer suddenly drops below 30 degrees Farenheit, as can happen during early spring’s rapid weather shifts. Researchers say that meibum, an oily substance that coats the eyeball and keeps it moist, can become too thick or stiff to work properly when it’s colder than 30 degrees F. As a result, all or part of the eye can be left without protection from wind and other eye irritants. Luckily, this problem can be solved by keeping the eyes and eyelids warm and protected from the wind so that the meibum can flow properly. Wrap-around glasses or goggles, along with a hat (or knitted face mask, in the worst conditions) should do the trick. People who have chronic problems with dry eye need to be even more careful. A variety of eye drops can help relieve discomfort. If symptoms like dry, scratchy eyes or blurred vision persist, see your Eye M.D. If not treated, severe dry eye can interfere with good vision.