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Ways to Protect Against Dry Eyes This Winter

Even though you may think of winter as the rainy time of year with all the rain and snow, the atmosphere is really more dry in the winter, causing your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our staff can help you find the best options to hydrate your eyes this winter. While you are indoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the environment.

Additionally, be careful to take additional protective measures once you step outside and will be exposed to the elements. Keep your eyes shielded by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. It is important to shield your eyes from the swirling winds to stop them from drying out your eyes.

If your symptoms become unbearable you may want to consider artificial tears which may help relieve the bothersome symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your eye doctor before you start using artificial tears to confirm that they are right for your symptoms.

Remember that if you wear contacts you need to be particularly cautious in the winter. If possible, use rewetting drops as often as you can. Lenses are dependent on moisture and must remain lubricated to keep their shape. Once they loose moisture, the lenses can change form and cling to the eyeball, causing pain and blurriness. So let your contacts drink up…  and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can stay clear of the hazards of winter and keep your eyes clear and moisturized throughout the season!