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Ways to Avoid Dry Eyes This Winter

While it is common to think of winter as the rainy time of year due to the rain and snow, the atmosphere is actually more dry during the winter, causing your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our optometry staff is available to assist you in selecting the best ways to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter season. While you are indoors you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.

Additionally, be careful to take additional precautions once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further protect your eyes from the wind and cold by wearing a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to keep the harsh winds away and prevent evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.

If your dryness is persistent you may want to consider lubricating eye drops which may help treat the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your eye doctor before you start using artificial tears to confirm that they are right for your condition.

Don't forget that if you wear contact lenses it’s important to be especially cautious in the colder months. When able, use rewetting drops as often as you can. While you may not realize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and are required to stay lubricated to retain their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the contacts can change shape and cling to the eyeball, which causes discomfort and cloudiness. So let your lenses drink up… and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can avoid the dangers of winter and keep your eyes safe and cozy all season long!