The late summer, early fall allergy season is in full swing right now, hopefully we’ll have a good hard freeze relatively soon and the pollen counts will drop back to more comfortable levels. But with the colder weather comes what I like to refer to as “Wisconsin Dry Eye Season”. As we run our furnaces more often, the humidity in our homes drops, even before the environmental humidity starts to head for its lowest levels of the year.
When this happens, many of my patients suffer from “Meibomian Gland Disease” which results in irritated eye lids, diminished tear film quality and symptoms such as burning, watering, itching and blurry vision. There are many things that we can do to improve the health and functioning of the Meibomian Glands (tear film glands at the edge of the eyelids).
There are non-medical treatments, specific tear film supplements as well as medications that can all help my patients with this condition. Be sure to drink plenty of water as the temperatures drop and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any of the above symptoms or problems.