Even though it is common to think of winter as the wet season due to the rain and snow, the atmosphere is really more dry in the winter, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.
Our optometry team is here to assist you in choosing the best options to keep your eyes moisturized during the arid winter months. While you are indoors you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists recommend the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.
Additionally, make sure to take extra protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes shielded by dressing with a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to keep the harsh winds away to stop them from drying out your eyes.
Another simple tip for avoiding dry eyes, is using good eye cream. Our eye care center can recommend a good eye cream that will help you keep the ocular area protected.
Remember that if you use contacts it’s important to be extra careful in the colder months. If possible, make use of rewetting drops frequently. While you may not recognize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and must stay wet to keep their shape. If they loose moisture, the lenses can change form and cling to your eyes, causing pain and blurriness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can avoid the dangers of the harsh elements and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!