While it is common to refer to winter as the wet time of year with all the rain and snow, the atmosphere is actually more dry in the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.
Our team is here to help you find the best options to keep your eyes moisturized this winter. While you are indoors you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.
In addition, be careful to take added protective measures once you're going outside and will be exposed to the elements. You can further guard your eyes from the wind and cold by dressing with a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. It is important to keep the whipping winds away and prevent evaporation of your eye's tear film.
If your symptoms become unbearable you should think about artificial tears which may help treat the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your eye care professional before you start using eye drops to ensure they are right for your symptoms.
Don't forget that if you have contact lenses it’s important to be extra cautious in the winter. When possible, make use of rewetting drops as often as you can. Lenses are dependent on moisture and need to stay wet to retain their shape. If they begin to dry out, the lenses can lose their form and cling to the eyeball, which causes pain and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can avoid the dangers of winter and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!