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Blurred vision of this nature is almost always caused by discrepancies / abnormalities in the "tear film", a three layer coating of oil, water, and mucin, that covers the most anterior surface of the cornea. Irritation caused by wind, cold, heat, dryness, plugged "eye glands" or any foreign body will result in several problems: First "reflexive tearing" takes place. Basically the reflexive tears that are produced are not up to par in giving you good vision, and can actually irritate your eyes more. Secondly, just plain dryness is another possibility, even though it only happens when it's cold (cold air is dry too, and wind can make it worse). When you say it's like dry eye, you are absolutely right, in that some sort of irritation is causing an abnormal tear film. The solution? You could try over the counter "artificial tear" drops, but I'm not sure they would be practical to use them in your situation. Another thought would be to make sure you have eyewear that protects from the elements, like wrap around shades. Good luck, hope this helps.
Last edited by Mtn Mike; 09-05-03 at 10:40 PM.