Dry Eyes Getting You Down? Advice on Protecting Your Eyes This Cold Season
While it is common to think of winter as the wet season with all the precipitation, the air is really a lot dryer in the colder months, which can cause your eyes to be irritated more quickly.
Our team is available to help you find the best ways to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter months. Even before you step outside you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.
In addition, be careful to take extra precautions once you're going outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes protected by putting on a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. It is important to guard your eyes from the harsh winds to prevent them from drying out your eyes.
Another easy tip for keeping your eyes lubricated this winter, is applying quality eye cream. Our vision practice can suggest some good options that will help you keep the ocular area protected.
Don't forget that if you have contact lenses it’s important to be particularly cautious in the winter. When possible, use rewetting drops frequently. Lenses are dependent on moisture and are required to stay lubricated to maintain their shape. If they begin to dry out, the lenses can change shape and cling to your eyes, causing discomfort and cloudiness. So let your lenses drink up... and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can avoid the hazards of winter and keep your eyes safe and cozy all season long!