Although it is common to refer to winter as the wet time of year due to the rain and snow, the atmosphere is actually more dry during the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.
Our eye care staff is available to help you find the best options to keep your eyes hydrated this winter. While you are indoors you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Eye doctors suggest using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the environment.
In addition, make sure to take added precautions once you step outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes shielded by wearing a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. It is important to keep the harsh winds at a distance and stop evaporation of your eye's tear film.
One more easy tip for keeping your eyes lubricated this dry season, is applying high quality eye cream. Our eye care center can recommend some good options to help you protect the delicate eye area.
Remember that if you have contact lenses you need to be extra careful in the colder months. When possible, use rewetting drops frequently. Lenses are dependent on moisture and must remain lubricated to keep their shape. If they loose moisture, the lenses can lose their form and cling to your eyes, which causes pain and cloudiness. So let your contacts drink up... and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can stay clear of the hazards of winter and keep your eyes safe and cozy throughout the season!