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During cold temperatures, dry eye can be worse why?

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Dr. Lee Shahinian
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Tear film disruption

A recent study from the university of texas showed that the cold temperature causes the meibum, the oily substance which helps to form the outermost layer of the tear film, to become too thick and stiff to spread onto the eye surface.

In brief: Tear film disruption

A recent study from the university of texas showed that the cold temperature causes the meibum, the oily substance which helps to form the outermost layer of the tear film, to become too thick and stiff to spread onto the eye surface.
Dr. Lee Shahinian
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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology

In brief: Meibom dysfunction

The tear film becomes stressed in cold weather, as the oily film on your eye surface is thinner in low ambient temperature.
Also colder air contains less moisture.

In brief: Meibom dysfunction

The tear film becomes stressed in cold weather, as the oily film on your eye surface is thinner in low ambient temperature.
Also colder air contains less moisture.
Dr. Beth Friedland
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care

In brief: Decreased humidity

The membranes of the eye are sensitive to the moisture in the air. When is it cold out humidity in air tends to be lower. Add to that, cold temperatures typically drive us indoors into heated dry air. Over the counter artifical tears eye drops can help relieve the eye irritation caused by dry air.

In brief: Decreased humidity

The membranes of the eye are sensitive to the moisture in the air. When is it cold out humidity in air tends to be lower. Add to that, cold temperatures typically drive us indoors into heated dry air. Over the counter artifical tears eye drops can help relieve the eye irritation caused by dry air.
Dr. Latisha Smith
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