Even though many people think of winter as the wet season because of the rain and snow, the air is actually more dry during the colder months, which often causes your eyes to become irritated easily.
Our optometry staff is available to help you find the most effective options to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter season. While you are indoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.
In addition, make sure to take additional protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further protect your eyes from the elements by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. It is important to protect your eyes from the harsh winds and stop evaporation of your eye's tear film.
One more easy tip for avoiding dry eyes, is using high quality eye cream. Our eye care center can recommend a good eye cream to help you protect the delicate eye area.
Remember that if you have contacts you need to be extra cautious in the winter. If possible, make use of rewetting drops frequently. While you may not recognize it, lenses are like sponges and must stay hydrated to maintain their shape. Once they loose moisture, the lenses can change form and cling to the eyeball, causing pain and blurriness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little awareness and planning, you can stay clear of the hazards of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy all season long!