Although it is common to refer to winter as the rainy season with all the rain and snow, the air is actually a lot dryer in the winter, which can cause your eyes to be irritated quickly.
Our optometry team can help you find the best options to hydrate your eyes this winter. Even before you step outside you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.
Additionally, make sure to take additional protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further shield your eyes from the elements by putting on a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. It is important to keep the harsh winds away to keep them from drying out your eyes.
Another simple tip for avoiding dry eyes, is applying good eye cream. Our vision practice can recommend some good options that will help you keep the ocular area protected.
Don't forget that if you have contacts it’s important to be extra cautious in the colder months. When possible, use rewetting drops frequently. While you may not recognize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and must remain lubricated to retain their shape. If they loose moisture, the lenses can lose their form and stick to your eyes, causing discomfort and cloudiness. So let your contacts drink up… and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can stay clear of the hazards of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!