There are new and different reasons to protect your eyes during the winter. Here are a few ways you can combat the effects of cold weather and dry air on your eyes.
Winter dry eyes
Heaters and humidifiers
Dry winter air can cause eyes to be more sensitive. An easy way to prevent dryness is by using a humidifier in areas with indoor heating; the heat tends to dry the moisture in the air and cause irritation and dryness in your eyes.
Talk with your eye care provider if you feel your contacts becoming dry. He or she may suggest rewetting drops or another solution to help keep your contacts moist.
Wear a hat or hooded jacket to protect your eyes from the weather, dust, and debris.
Holiday celebrations and makeup
Winter celebrations are fun reasons to put on a little extra or special makeup. But, be careful – never share makeup or makeup brushes. Another person’s germs may be hazardous to you and it is an easy way to pick up a bacteria or virus, such as pink eye!
Sunglasses in winter? Absolutely!
The winter sun may not shine as bright or feel as warm, but its harmful UV rays can still reach your eyes. In addition, sunlight reflected by snow can lead to sunburned eyes; another reason to make sure your sunglasses and snow goggles block 100% of UV rays.
Prevent the spread!
Prevent the spread of the flu and eye-related illnesses like conjunctivitis (pink eye) by washing your hands frequently and avoid touching your eyes.
Start the new year right – with an eye exam!
Make a new year’s resolution that is easy to keep: get a comprehensive eye exam! Check when your vision benefits renew; many renew the first of the year.