Even though you may refer to winter as the rainy time of year due to the rain and snow, the atmosphere is really a lot dryer in the colder months, which can cause your eyes to be irritated more easily.
Our optometry staff can help you find the most effective options to keep your eyes hydrated during the dry winter months. While you are indoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists recommend the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.
Additionally, make sure to take additional protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes shielded by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. It is important to keep the harsh winds at a distance to stop them from drying out your eyes.
One more simple tip for avoiding dry eyes, is using quality eye cream. Our vision center can recommend some good options to help you care for the sensitive eye area.
Don't forget that if you use contact lenses it’s important to be extra careful in the winter. When able, make use of rewetting drops as often as you can. Lenses are like sponges and are required to remain wet to keep their shape. If they loose moisture, the lenses can change form and cling to the eyeball, causing pain and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can avoid the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy all season long!