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Dr. Osborne Answers Your Eye Care Questions

Q. Is it true that Dry Eye symptoms seem to be more severe in the winter than in the warmer spring and summer months?

A: Yes, in some areas of the country, dry eyes are worse in winter because, as the temperature drops and the air gets colder, humidity can drop as well.

Less humidity means less moisture in the air that comes in contact with our tear layer.

Q: When should a person come in to see their optometrist for Dry Eye symptoms and when is it enough to take care of this problem yourself?

A: A person should see their optometrist at the first symptoms for dryness.  Dryness symptoms can take a period of time to develop, and damage to the surface of the eye may already have occurred by the time a person "feels dry".