Even though it is common to refer to winter as the rainy season because of the precipitation, the atmosphere is really a lot dryer in the colder months, causing your eyes to become irritated easily.
Our eye care staff is available to assist you in selecting the most effective ways to hydrate your eyes this winter. Even before you step outside you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.
In addition, make sure to take additional precautions once you step outside and will be exposed to the elements. You can further guard your eyes from the elements by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to keep the whipping winds away and stop evaporation of your eye's tear film.
One more simple tip for avoiding dry eyes, is applying quality eye cream. Our eye care practice can suggest some good options that will help you keep the ocular area protected.
Don't forget that if you use contact lenses you need to be especially careful in the colder months. When possible, use rewetting drops frequently. While you may not realize it, lenses are like sponges and are required to remain hydrated to retain their shape. If they begin to dry out, the lenses can change shape and stick to your eyes, which causes discomfort and blurriness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can stay clear of the dangers of winter and keep your eyes safe and cozy the whole season!