While many people refer to winter as the rainy time of year with all the rain and snow, the air is really a lot dryer in the winter, which often causes your eyes to become more sensitive.
Our eye care team can help you find the best options to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter season. Even before you step outside you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.
Additionally, make sure to take added precautions once you're going outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes shielded by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to keep the harsh winds at a distance to prevent them from drying out your eyes.
If your dryness is persistent you should think about lubricating eye drops which may help treat the irritating symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your eye doctor before you start using eye drops to make sure they are the right solution for your condition.
Don't forget that if you use contacts it’s important to be extra careful in the colder months. When able, use rewetting drops often. While you may not recognize it, lenses are like sponges and must remain hydrated to keep their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the lenses can lose their form and cling to your eyes, causing pain and blurriness. So let your lenses drink up… and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can avoid the hazards of winter and keep your eyes clear and moisturized the whole season!