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Ways to Protect Against Dry Eyes This Winter

Although you may refer to winter as the rainy season because of the precipitation, the air is really more dry during the colder months, which often causes your eyes to become irritated quickly.

Our optometry staff can help you find the most effective ways to keep your eyes moisturized this winter. Even before you step outside you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.

In addition, it’s wise to take extra precautions once you step outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes shielded by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to guard your eyes from the swirling winds to stop them from drying out your eyes.

If your symptoms become unbearable you should think about lubricating eye drops which may help relieve the irritating symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your eye care professional prior to starting to use eye drops to make sure they are the right solution for your symptoms.

Remember that if you wear contact lenses it’s important to be extra cautious in the winter. If able, use rewetting drops often. While you may not recognize it, lenses are like sponges and must stay lubricated to retain their shape. If they begin to dry out, the contacts can lose their form and cling to the eyeball, which causes pain and cloudiness. So let your contacts drink up...  and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can avoid the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy throughout the season!