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Winter Eye Ailments

Posted: Saturday, January 14th, 2012 at 6:24 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS News-Aaron Gernes & Evan Little

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It’s National Eye Health Care Month, and there are many concerns about eye health related to winter. Dr. Jason Maasdam with Eye Health Solutions in Knoxville tells KNIA/KRLS News that dry eyes are very common in the winter due to the lack of humidity in the air. Maasdam says that their office sees lots of people with burning, tearing, or generally irritated eyes due to the dryness. Maasdam says depending of the severity of the irritation, solutions range from over-the-counter lubricants all the way to prescription medications or surgery to close the drainage ducts to keep the tears in.

Dr. Kevin Jones at Family Eye Care center tells KNIA/KRLS that the snow on the ground can be dangerous for your vision. He tells KNIA/KRLS news that the glare that results from light hitting snow can drastically reduce your ability to see. Dr. Jones says that using a good pair of polarized sunglasses will drastically reduce glare, and help you see in the snowy season.