Even though you may think of winter as the wet time of year due to the rain and snow, the air is really a lot dryer during the colder months, causing your eyes to become irritated more easily.
Our optometry team is available to assist you in choosing the most effective options to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter season. Even before you step outside you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the air.
In addition, it’s wise to take additional protective measures once you're going outside and will be exposed to the frigid air. Keep your eyes protected by wearing a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to keep the swirling winds at a distance to prevent them from drying out your eyes.
An additional practical tip for keeping your eyes lubricated this dry season, is applying quality eye cream. Our vision practice can suggest a good eye cream to help you care for the sensitive eye area.
Don't forget that if you wear contacts you need to be extra cautious in the colder months. When possible, make use of rewetting drops often. Lenses are like sponges and need to stay wet to keep their shape. If they begin to dry out, the lenses can change form and stick to the eyeball, causing discomfort and cloudiness. So let your contacts drink up... and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can stay clear of the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy the whole season!