Caring For Your Eyes In The Cold Weather

Caring For Your Eyes In The Cold Weather

Winter is coming, and with the colder weather comes an increased need for proper eye care.

As winter weather approaches and we spend more time inside, many people suffer from dry skin, dry or watery eyes, allergies, and unexpected sun exposure. To avoid having to tolerate these annoyances use the tips below to help you care for your eyes this season.

Indoors, you can be exposed to dry air from heaters and vents. This can dry out your eyes (and skin), which can be both uncomfortable and harmful in the long term. Dry eye can be combated with a humidifier, but it is also important that you move your vents to avoid direct eye contact.

Eye drops and artificial tears may also help with dryness. If you are a contact lens wearer, you can utilize specialized rewetting drops, and if you find that these drops are not working as well as you’d like, consider switching to your glasses more often. Glasses can work for resting your eyes if you are a frequent contact lens user, but they can also provide protection against the elements and winter allergens. Finally, it’s just as important to protect your eyes from the sun in the winter than it is any other time of year, so grab your sunglasses when you head out the door.

In general, you’re going to want cold-weather gear for the winter and on ski trips—jackets, hats, scarves, hoods, goggles, etc. These will protect you from the elements and keep you warm of course, but can also prevent watery eyes. Staying hydrated is also vital for avoiding dry eye and keeping up with your general health. So, get drinking, and avoid touching your eyes as much as possible so as to not spread allergens and germs.

Stay warm and safe this winter, and don’t let your eyes suffer. With these tips, your eyes should be in great shape for the season, but if you are still experiencing trouble, make an appointment, and we’ll help you see clearly in no time.