Tips on protecting your eyes from this dry weather

Published: Jun. 27, 2011 at 11:20 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 23, 2011 at 10:58 PM CDT
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We all have a thin layer of tear film covering our eyes, but with this hot dry wind, it's not hard to disturb that. That is why many of us end up with dry itchy eyes.

Dr. Cathy Wittman from the Texas Tech Department of Opthalmology shares her advice on finding some relief.

"See your eye care provider because you don't have to suffer. It's really an inflammatory process, so those over the counter drops won't help the inflammation, and your eye care provider can prescribe something to calm down that inflammation without that using those eye drops all day long, and you'll still have either watery or redness or itching or a gritty sandy sensation."

Dr. Wittman adds that you need to protect yourself from the elements inside too.  That means air conditioning, which can also lead to dry eyes.   She says it really helps in this climate to have a humidifier in the house.

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