While dry eye disease is not a seasonal condition, certain triggers may vary with the seasons resulting in worse symptoms at certain times of the year. Depending on the environment where you live each season could bring its own challenges.
See below an overview of the most prominent seasonal factors which may affect dry eye symptoms:
- Spring: If you have hay fever certain medications used to treat it such as antihistamines or nasal decongestants may contribute to dry eye.1 If you find yourself suffering this spring talk to your eye doctor about the best way to manage your symptoms.
- Summer: In many places, summer brings warm, dry heat with a lack of moisture in the air. Dry air can result in your eyes having to work harder to stay well lubricated. Besides making sure you drink plenty of water it may be necessary to talk to your eye doctor about using artificial tears if the climate you are in is having a big impact on your eyes. Additionally, heavy use of air conditioning, in an office space for example, can result in air lacking in moisture and may contribute to dry eye sensations.
- Autumn: This is typically the least problematic season, however, if you live in a particularly windy climate you should aim to protect your eyes from the wind.
- Winter: In climates with harsh winters this could be the toughest season on your eyes. Cold air, widespread use of central heating units and wind can all contribute to dry eye symptoms.