Caring For Your Eyes In Winter Months

Posted on: 23 November 2016

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Most people don't know that caring for your eyes differs from season to season. Much like caring for your skin during summer or winter months, your eyes need different care as well. Winter months are a lot drier than summer months, meaning if your skin can dry out, your eyes can too. Caring for your eyes doesn't take too much extra effort on your part, but that little bit of effort and care can help keep your eyes healthy and prevent damage. See below for tips on how to care for your eyes in the winter months.

1. Wear Sunglasses

Wearing sunglasses helps protect your eyes from the sun's harmful rays (UVA and UVB), but they can also prevent the harsh, cold winds in the winter from drying out the protective layer (tear film) of your eyes. Wide brim hats can also help keep the wind out of your eyes as well. When there's snow on the ground, the sun's rays can be extra harsh on your eyes, as the rays can bounce off of the bright white blanket of snow. It's a good idea to keep sunglasses with you when going outside in the winter (not just in the summer).

2. Use A Humidifier

Wind can dry out your eyes outside, but even the warm air inside your home can dry out your eyes ā€” especially if there's a lack of humidity in your home. Combat this problem by adding a humidifier in your home to keep your eyes moist. A lack of moisture in your eyes can cause your eyes to strain, which can lead to headaches as well. If you wear contact lenses, dry eyes can mean dry contact lenses. Dry lenses on top of dry eyes can lead to lost lenses (as they will have nothing to stick to), and it can also cause your eyes to lose oxygen and can worsen your eyesight. Eye drops or lens-wetting drops (for contact lens wearers) can also help keep your eyes moist.

3. Beware Of Germs

Winter is the easiest time to find germs (which you don't want). It's when cold and flu season is at its peak time. Those germs are easily transferable with everything you touch, but if you touch some of those germs and then rub your eyes, you are also susceptible to eye infections or inflammations. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly and keep your hands off of your face/eyes when out in public.

Take good care of your eyes through the winter months to prevent them from drying out or getting infections. Talk to your optometrist about other ways to keep your eyes healthy during the cold weather months.