While we tend to associate winter with snow and ice, it’s actually the driest of the four seasons in a lot of ways. Why is this the case? It’s all about the physics of air density at different temperatures. As you may recall from high school science classes, all things being equal, cold air is denser than warm air. At the molecular level, this is due to there being more molecules of oxygen and nitrogen and carbon dioxide in a cubic foot of 32 degree air than in 64 degree air, which, in its turn, means there’s less space for water molecules. (When you wake up in the morning and there’s dew on your lawn, this is because moisture has been forced out of the cooling air during the night.) It’s not so surprising then that our eyes can get dried out during the winter months. (The bitter winds don’t help either!) If you have a moment, we here at the Brooklyn eye surgeon practice of Brook Plaza Ophthalmology would like to give you a little more information on seasonal dry eyes.
We all know that dry eyes can be both uncomfortable and unsightly. Sometimes the itching, redness and blurring can be so bad we just want to stay in bed all day. What you may not know, however, is that dry eyes can actually threaten the health of your eyes, making infections more likely and even leading to corneal damage. Thankfully, though, there are lots of remedies out there for dry eyes these days. In addition to over-the-counter eye drops, there are also a number of prescription eye drops and pills we here at the Brooklyn eye surgeon practice of Brook Plaza ophthalmology can get you if the store-bought stuff doesn’t work. We’ll also conduct a comprehensive eye exam when you come in.
Tired of winter dry eye? We here at the Brooklyn eye surgeon practice of Brook Plaza would like to help you find relief as soon as possible. Why wait any longer if your quality of life is suffering? Give us a call or use our website to schedule a comprehensive eye exam today. Be sure to mention your dry eye symptoms when you do.