Amarillo, TX - Amarillo is ranked as one of the highest cities in the U.S. for dry eye syndrome.
Now that it is winter time, the syndrome can be even worse.
Amarillo is ranked number nine out of 100 cities in the U.S. for dry eyes.
It is especially bad during the winter months, due to cold temperatures, little humidity and high wind.
Dr. J. Avery Rush of the Panhandle Eye Group says there are some preventative steps you can take to limit the severity of symptoms during the colder months.
"Wearing sunglasses outside to break the wind, so the wind isn't drying your eyes out will work for some people, and trying to avoid smokey areas, they tend to make your dry eyes worse. If you're in the car driving, and you have the heater going people with dry eyes will get really bad symptoms with that," said Dr. Rush.
Rush also recommends a humidifier to add moisture to the air, and he says to make sure you stay hydrated.
Rush suggests using over the counter artificial tears to help with the symptoms but he does have a warning.
"Preservative free are what we recommend. The chemicals that preserve the eye drops, if you use them everyday tend to build up in the eyes and cause problems themselves," said Rush.
Rush says if your symptoms are persistent or bothersome, get checked to make sure it isn't a more serious condition.