While you may refer to winter as the rainy time of year because of the precipitation, the air is actually more dry in the colder months, causing your eyes to be irritated more easily.
Our staff is available to help you find the best options to hydrate your eyes during the dry winter months. While you are indoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Eye doctors recommend using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.
Additionally, it’s wise to take extra precautions once you step outside and will be exposed to the frigid air. You can further shield your eyes from the elements by dressing with a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. The point is to protect your eyes from the swirling winds and stop evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.
One more practical tip for keeping your eyes moist this dry season, is using good eye cream. Our vision center can suggest the right eye cream that will help you keep the ocular area protected.
Don't forget that if you use contacts it’s important to be particularly careful in the winter. When able, use rewetting drops often. Lenses are like sponges and must remain lubricated to keep their shape. If they loose moisture, the lenses can change form and stick to your eyes, causing discomfort 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 dangers of winter and keep your eyes safe and cozy all season long!