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Dry Eyes Getting You Down? Tips on Protecting Your Eyes This Winter

Although many people think of winter as the wet season because of the precipitation, the atmosphere is really a lot dryer during the winter, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our optometry team can assist you in selecting the best options to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter season. Even before you step outside you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Eye doctors recommend the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.

In addition, make sure to take additional protective measures once you're going outside to be exposed. You can further protect your eyes from the wind and cold by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to keep the swirling winds away and stop evaporation of your eye's tear film.

If your dryness is persistent you should think about artificial tears which may help relieve the irritating symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your optometrist before you start using eye drops to ensure they are the right solution for your condition.

Don't forget that if you wear contacts it's important to be especially careful in the colder months. If able, make use of rewetting drops as often as you can. While you may not realize it, lenses are like sponges 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 the eyeball, causing pain and cloudiness. So let your lenses drink up… and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little awareness and planning, you can avoid the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy the whole season!