The frigid, dry months of winter raise a variety of health concerns, especially when it comes to arid Colorado. From cracked lips to itchy, flaky skin, the winter season impacts your entire body and this includes the health of your eyes. Dry eye syndrome symptoms worsen in the blistering cold, but other eye diseases such as glaucoma can get worse as well.
Mounting Eye Pressure With Cold Weather
Colorado is full of weather surprises. One day it’s -7 degrees and the next it could be 55 degrees. This drastic change in weather can cause problems for those with glaucoma. Studies have suggested that extreme temperatures—hot or cold—cause an increase in pressure in the eye and overall body. One study conducted by the Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon suggests that early stages of glaucoma are particularly affected by weather changes. The more extreme the weather change the higher the eye pressure and sensitivity.
What is Glaucoma?
Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness across the world, falling shortly behind cataracts. This eye disease damages the optic nerve and causes inflation in eye pressure. The mounting pressure leads to vision damage and if left alone, permanent vision loss. However, early detection and treatment is key to preventing vision loss. The symptoms of glaucoma progress gradually and include:
- Peripheral vision loss or blind spots
- Tunnel vision
- Intense eye pain
- Haloing effect around lights
- Blurred vision
If you have glaucoma or are experiencing vision changes, please contact our eye doctor in Loveland today at970-669-1107 to schedule your comprehensive eye exam. The Kirk Eye Center serves patients in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor and surrounding Colorado areas.