Using heater in winter may cause dry eye disease: Dr Manoj Gupta

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Feb 3: Most people expect certain health challenges in winter season, like colds and flu. Sometimes, cold or windy weather and indoor heating may cause people to experience dry eyes more often in the winter months. The dry eye symptoms can be uncomfortable and can prevent you from participating in activities that you enjoy.
This was stated by Dr Manoj Gupta, Senior Eye Consultant, Sharp Sight Eye Hospital, Gandhi Nagar,.
“Hot air releases from heaters cause dry eyes due to the dry environment they create and the proximity of the blowing air to the eyes. Moreover, the heat leads the tears to evaporate, leaving the eyes unprotected. The hot, dry air from heating vents may irritate your eyes, particularly if you wear contact lenses. To avoid suffering from dry eyes, try not to sit directly in front of a space heater or the heating vents in your home.”
He informed that apart from the obvious side-effects such as drying out your skin, heaters also burn up oxygen concentration from the surrounding.
Dr Manoj says, “To prevent constant dry eyes, try to keep artificial heating to minimum, keep the direction of air away from your eyes. Use protective eye glasses if your exposure is high, use lubricating eye drops prescribed by your Ophthalmologist. In case of increase in dry eye symptoms like burning, itching, discomfort, redness or heaviness of eyes it is always better to visit your nearest eye hospital or Ophthalmologist to look for any other causes.”