While it is common to refer to winter as the wet time of year with all the rain and snow, the air is actually more dry during the winter, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.
Our team is here to help you find the best ways to hydrate your eyes this winter. Even before you step outdoors you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists recommend using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the environment.
Additionally, it’s wise to take added precautions once you're going outside and will be exposed to the frigid air. You can further protect your eyes from the elements by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to shield your eyes from the swirling winds to keep them from drying out your eyes.
One more practical tip for keeping your eyes lubricated this winter, is using high quality eye cream. Our vision practice can recommend a good eye cream that will help you keep the ocular area protected.
Don't forget that if you wear contact lenses you need to be especially cautious in the colder months. If able, use rewetting drops as often as you can. Lenses are like sponges and need to stay wet to maintain their shape. Once they loose moisture, the lenses can lose their form and cling to the eyeball, which causes discomfort and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can avoid the dangers of the harsh elements and keep your eyes safe and cozy the whole season!