Although you may think of winter as the rainy season due to the rain and snow, the air is really a lot dryer in the colder months, causing your eyes to be irritated quickly.
Our team can assist you in selecting the most effective options to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter season. Even before you step outdoors you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Eye doctors advocate using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.
Additionally, it’s wise to take added protective measures once you step outside and will be exposed to the frigid air. You can further shield your eyes from the wind and cold by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. It is important to keep the harsh winds away and stop evaporation of your eye's tear film.
If your dryness is persistent you may want to consider lubricating eye drops which may help manage the irritating symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your eye doctor prior to starting to use artificial tears to ensure they are suitable for your condition.
Remember that if you wear contact lenses it’s important to be extra careful in the colder months. If possible, make use of rewetting drops frequently. While you may not recognize it, lenses are like sponges and are required to stay hydrated to maintain their shape. Once they loose moisture, the lenses can change shape and stick to your eyes, which causes pain and blurriness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can avoid the dangers of the harsh elements and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!