7 Facts to Know about Winter and Dry Eyes Here in the Triangle

Our favorite groundhog, Sir Walter Wally’s in Raleigh may have forecast an early spring on February 2nd, but residents in the Triangle know that winter still has a grip on the area for a little bit longer. Overnight lows in Raleigh and Durham typically hover in below freezing throughout February. Park Ophthalmology cautions clients that cold winter weather is the perfect condition to cause irritated, dry eyes. Dr. Beth R. Friedland , the Triangle’s Dry Eye Specialist assures her patients that most treatment for winter dry eyes is straightforward and simple. Follow Dr. Friedland’s advice and those irritated red eyes will be clear and bright in no time.

Six facts about dry eyes from Beth R. Friedland M.D. and Park Ophthalmology:

  • Value of tears: Tears are the body’s natural method for keeping eyes moist. Each time we blink, the eyelid spreads a thin film of moisture, a tear, over the eye. This keeps the eye surface smooth, moist and clean. Cold weather, wind and heated indoor spaces all contribute to dry eyes.
  • Dry Eye disease: Unfortunately some people have conditions that cause persistent dry eyes. People with dysfunctional tear syndrome (DTS) do not produce enough moisture to keep their eyes clear and lubricated.
  • Making it worse: It is difficult to avoid rubbing an irritated eye, but this unfortunate practice just makes the situation worse. Dry eye sufferers should resist the urge to rub the affected eye and instead make an appointment with Dr. Friedland to have the situation evaluated.
  • Caution for outdoors: Sunglasses or sports goggles will reduce the effects of drying wind and cold air on the eyes. Use them whenever spending time outdoors.
  • Indoor moisture: A simple way to add moisture indoors is to run a humidifier a few hours each day. This will help counteract the effects of central heating that takes moisture out of the air.
  • Artificial tears: These over-the-counter products can lubricate eyes and reduce some of the irritation brought on by dry eyes.
  • Our Dry Eye Clinic: Park Ophthalmology has opened a Dry Eye Clinic to accurately diagnose dry eye conditions. We also offer a breakthrough treatment called LipiFlow for evaporative dry eye sufferers.

If you are experiencing dry eyes that don’t respond to simple at-home treatments, contact Park Ophthalmology. Dr. Friedland, the Dry Eye Specialist in the Triangle,  will examine patients to determine the cause of dry eyes and provide individualized treatment recommendations.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the vision care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

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The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.


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5306 NC Highway 55, Suite 102 (adjacent to the RTP/ Research Triangle Park)

Durham, NC 27713

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Raleigh, NC 27615

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