The Impact of Air Conditioning on Dry Eye Syndrome

The summer season brings warmer temperatures and the widespread use of air conditioning (AC). While AC is a modern luxury that brings much-needed relief from the heat, its effects on eye health, particularly dry eye syndrome, are often overlooked.

Dry eye syndrome is a common condition characterized by insufficient tear production or poor tear quality, leading to eye discomfort and potential vision problems. And believe it or not, your AC could be contributing to this condition.

Air conditioners work by removing humidity from the air, creating a cooler but drier environment. This lack of moisture can cause your eyes to dry out faster, especially if you’re exposed to it for extended periods. This dryness can exacerbate symptoms of dry eye syndrome, such as redness, itchiness, a burning sensation, or even a feeling of something in your eyes.

Here are some ways to manage the impact of AC on dry eye syndrome:

  1. Maintain Humidity: Use a humidifier in your home or office to offset the drying effects of AC. This can help maintain a more balanced moisture level in your environment.
  2. Blink Often: Blinking spreads tears across your eyes, which can help mitigate dryness. Make a conscious effort to blink, especially when focusing on screens.
  3. Take Breaks: If possible, take short breaks from air-conditioned environments throughout the day to give your eyes a rest.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Drinking plenty of fluids helps maintain overall hydration, which can also help keep your eyes moist.
  5. Eye Drops: Over-the-counter artificial tears can provide temporary relief from dry eye symptoms. Consult with your optometrist for recommendations tailored to your needs.

Remember, each person is unique, and what works for one might not work for another. If you’re experiencing symptoms of dry eye syndrome or are interested in learning more about how to manage this condition, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Dr. Stephen Summerow, a General Doctor of Optometry and Dry Eye Specialist, offers comprehensive eye exams and personalized treatment plans in Warner Robins, GA and Fort Valley, GA. Schedule your appointment today and ensure your eyes are well-taken care of this summer season!

Don’t let dry eyes spoil your summer! Contact Dr. Stephen Summerow at our Warner Robins or Fort Valley, GA office to schedule your appointment today. Get personalized advice and care for your eyes in any season!