Although many people think of winter as the rainy time of year with all the precipitation, the atmosphere is actually more dry during the colder months, causing your eyes to be more sensitive.
Our optometry team is available to help you find the best options to hydrate your eyes during the dry winter season. Even before you step outside you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Eye doctors advocate using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the environment.
In addition, make sure to take additional precautions once you step outside and will be exposed to the frigid air. You can further protect your eyes from the elements by dressing with a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. The point is to shield your eyes from the whipping winds and prevent evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.
An additional practical tip for keeping your eyes lubricated this winter, is using quality eye cream. Our eye care practice can suggest some good options to help you care for the sensitive eye area.
Don't forget that if you use contacts you need to be especially cautious in the colder months. If able, use rewetting drops frequently. While you may not realize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and are required to stay wet to keep their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the contacts can change shape and stick to your eyes, which causes pain and blurriness. So let your lenses drink up… and make sure to 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 the whole season!