Even though many people think of winter as the rainy time of year with all the rain and snow, the atmosphere is really a lot dryer during the colder months, which can cause your eyes to be irritated more quickly.
Our team is here to assist you in choosing the best ways to hydrate your eyes this winter. Even before you step outdoors you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the environment.
Additionally, it’s wise to take added protective measures once you step outside and will be exposed to the frigid air. You can further protect your eyes from the elements by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. It is important to keep the harsh winds at a distance and prevent evaporation of your eye's tear film.
If your dry eyes are persistent you should think about artificial tears which may help manage the bothersome symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your eye care professional prior to starting to use artificial tears to make sure they are suitable for your symptoms.
Don't forget that if you wear contacts you need to be particularly careful in the colder months. If possible, use rewetting drops often. While you may not realize it, lenses are like sponges and must remain hydrated to maintain their shape. Once they loose moisture, the contacts can change form and cling to the eyeball, causing discomfort and blurriness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can avoid the hazards of the harsh elements and keep your eyes safe and cozy the whole season!