Even though it is common to refer to winter as the wet time of year because of the precipitation, the atmosphere is actually a lot dryer during the winter, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.
Our eye care team is here to help you find the best ways to hydrate your eyes during the dry winter season. Even before you step outdoors you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists recommend the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the air.
Additionally, it’s wise to take additional protective measures once you're going outside and will be exposed to the elements. You can further shield your eyes from the wind and cold by wearing a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to keep the swirling winds at a distance to stop them from drying out your eyes.
An additional easy tip for avoiding dry eyes, is applying high quality eye cream. Our eye care practice can recommend a good eye cream to help you protect the sensitive eye area.
Don't forget that if you wear contacts it’s important to be extra careful in the colder months. When possible, use rewetting drops as often as you can. Lenses are like sponges and need to remain wet to retain their shape. Once they loose moisture, the contacts can change form and stick to the eyeball, which causes discomfort and blurriness. So let your lenses drink up… and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can stay clear of the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy the whole season!