Are there places you can live that are more hospitable to your Dry Eye Syndrome? YES~! I think there are. At least for me it has helped to be near the ocean air. I’ve done some research lately and I’ve found a few options. This post explores potential climates for managing your DES.
The West Coast. My research online reports Tacoma, WA as the number one place for Dry Eye sufferers. Why? It’s wet. My friend from Washington says there are two seasons there: raining and not raining.
According to my research, this area is optimal because the allergens are low, climate moderate, elevation is favorable (I don’t know what this really means), and it’s always raining or drizzling. Plus you are near that ocean air. AND, the winters are pretty mild. Winter sucks for me. It’s dry and the HVAC vents are blowing all the time making my eyes feel like sandpaper.
I noticed this anomaly when I traveled to Myrtle Beach and Manhattan Beach recently. One trip was for business. One for pleasure.
For me, traveling can be a nightmare (my old LASIK doc told me to avoid it). Besides having to carry refrigerated serum drops and a note for Homeland Security, it’s also hell on my eyes. I don’t know if it’s the air on the plane, allergens or what. It did help last time to wear my 7 Eye Goggles super tight (they have a gasket) on the plane. This really sucks because I look like a weirdo, but it staved off a nightmare. And…being near the California Coast was dreamy. I went to the beach. Rode on the strand. Went paddle boarding. It was wonderful. And guess what? I actually went a few hours each day without thinking about my eyes!!! DES sufferers know. Our eyes require constant attention all the time. It’s so nice not to think about them. It was heavenly. Eye drop consumption was significantly lower. I stayed in the Torrance area. You can bet I didn’t want to get back on the plane.
My good friend Skip gave me some miles to take a trip to Seattle next month. I’m really excited to visit with him and do some reconnaissance on the DES situation in the ‘Emerald City.’ My findings will make its way to this blog next month.
- Do you live in a DES friendly climate?
- Did you move to a DES friendly climate?
Please share your experience, strength, and hopefully some hope.
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