While it is common to think of winter as the wet season because of the rain and snow, the atmosphere is actually a lot dryer during the winter, which often causes your eyes to become more sensitive.
Our eye care staff is here to help you find the best ways to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter season. Even before you step outdoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the environment.
In addition, be careful to take extra precautions once you step outside and will be exposed to the frigid air. You can further guard your eyes from the elements by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. It is important to keep the swirling winds away and prevent evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.
An additional practical tip for keeping your eyes lubricated this winter, is applying high quality eye cream. Our eye care center can recommend some good options to help you care for the delicate eye area.
Don't forget that if you use contact lenses you need to be particularly cautious in the winter. If possible, make use of rewetting drops frequently. Lenses are like sponges and need to remain hydrated to keep their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the contacts can change form and stick to the eyeball, causing pain and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can stay clear of the dangers of the harsh elements and keep your eyes safe and cozy all season long!