Even though many people refer to winter as the rainy season due to the precipitation, the atmosphere is really more dry in the winter, which can cause your eyes to become more sensitive.
Our optometry team is here to help you find the most effective options to keep your eyes moisturized during the arid winter season. Even before you step outside you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Eye doctors advocate the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heating, which can take away moisture from the air.
Additionally, it’s wise to take additional precautions once you step outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes shielded by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to guard your eyes from the swirling winds and prevent evaporation of your eye's tear film.
One more easy tip for avoiding dry eyes, is applying good eye cream. Our eye care practice can suggest a good eye cream to help you care for the delicate eye area.
Remember that if you wear contact lenses you need to be especially cautious in the winter. When possible, make use of rewetting drops as often as you can. While you may not realize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and are required to stay hydrated to keep their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the contacts can change shape and cling to your eyes, which causes pain and cloudiness. So let your contacts drink up… and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can avoid the hazards of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy throughout the season!