While you may think of winter as the rainy time of year due to the precipitation, the atmosphere is really more dry during the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.
Our eye care staff is available to help you find the best ways to keep your eyes hydrated during the dry winter months. Even before you step outside you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists recommend using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.
Additionally, make sure to take extra precautions once you step outside and will be exposed to the elements. You can further shield your eyes from the wind and cold by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to keep the swirling winds away to stop them from drying out your eyes.
Another simple tip for avoiding dry eyes, is using quality eye cream. Our vision practice can suggest a good eye cream that will help you keep the ocular area protected.
Don't forget that if you use contact lenses it’s important to be especially cautious in the winter. If possible, make use of rewetting drops as often as you can. Lenses are like sponges and must remain wet to keep their shape. If they begin to dry out, the contacts can lose their shape and cling to your eyes, causing pain and blurriness. So let your contacts drink up… and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can stay clear of the hazards of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!