Iowans Could See More ‘Dry Eye Syndrome’ Due To Canadian Wildfire Smoke

Northwest Iowa — We’ve had several bouts with very unhealthy air in recent days, weeks and months, due to the wildfire smoke wafting in from Canada.

Now, an ophthalmologist says all of that smoke could also be leading to more cases of dry eye syndrome. Doctor Omar Awad says the condition is often worse in the winter, but not this year.

Awad says it can be treated with a warm compress to the eyelid, topical lubricants and anti-inflammatory medicines. See your local optometrist for assistance if you need it.



Local News