Winter means bundling up and preparing for the elements. Whether you’re investing in new boots or new sweaters this year, we know you’re getting ready for the weather. But, while you may be thinking of cold feet or ears, have you considered how your eyes will fare this winter? Winter often presents issues that keep us guessing, but keep reading for some tips to help you prepare for everything winter can throw at your eyes.
Dry Eyes During Winter
It’s no surprise that our eyes dry out during winter. The dry air that comes along with winter can be especially harsh for those of us who wear contact lenses. This is because contacts naturally cut down a little on our eyes’ ability to breathe. Consider updating to a brand that allows for better breathability if you suffer from dry eyes, or invest in some eye drops.
If you’re really struggling over the winter, a humidifier may help. Just make sure your windows are closed and let the humidity help you feel better. If you don’t have a humidifier, then letting the steam from your shower spread through the house may help. Or, try putting bowls of water near vents to give your house a quick boost of moisture.
If you’re the outdoorsy type of person, you may already have a system for keeping your eyes healthy in the summer. But did you know that your eyes need protection from UV rays during the winter just as much as they do during the summer? Sunlight reflecting off snow leads to more UV exposure than you may have planned for. Bring goggles or sunglasses along when you ski, snowshoe, or explore to keep your vision sharp and your eyes healthy for years to come.
Start the New Year Right
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the eye doctor, or you would like an update on how your eye health is, call us. The new year is a great time to set goals and encourage your eye health habits.