Even though it is common to refer to winter as the rainy time of year due to the precipitation, the air is really more dry in the colder months, causing your eyes to be more sensitive.
Our optometry staff can assist you in choosing the most effective options to hydrate your eyes this winter. Even before you step outdoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Eye doctors advocate the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can take away moisture from the air.
Additionally, be careful to take extra precautions once you step outside and will be exposed to the elements. Keep your eyes protected by putting on a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. It is important to protect your eyes from the swirling winds to stop them from drying out your eyes.
If your symptoms become unbearable you may want to consider rewetting drops which may help relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your eye care professional prior to starting to use eye drops to ensure they are right for your condition.
Remember that if you have contacts it’s important to be extra careful in the colder months. When possible, make use of rewetting drops frequently. Lenses are dependent on moisture and must remain lubricated to keep their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the lenses can change form and stick to your eyes, causing pain 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 the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes clear and moisturized throughout the season!