Even though it is common to think of winter as the wet time of year because of the rain and snow, the air is really more dry during the colder months, which can cause your eyes to be irritated easily.
Our staff is available to help you find the most effective ways to keep your eyes moisturized this winter. While you are indoors you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.
In addition, be careful to take added precautions once you step outside into the cold air. You can further guard your eyes from the wind and cold by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to guard your eyes from the harsh winds to keep them from drying out your eyes.
If your symptoms become unbearable you should think about artificial tears which may help relieve the bothersome symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your optometrist before you start using artificial tears to ensure they are right for your symptoms.
Remember that if you wear contacts it’s important to be especially cautious in the winter. When able, make use of rewetting drops as often as you can. Lenses are dependent on moisture and are required to stay lubricated to maintain their shape. If they begin to dry out, the contacts can lose their form and stick to your eyes, causing discomfort and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can stay clear of the hazards of the harsh elements and keep your eyes clear and moisturized the whole season!