We all take care of our eyes in the summer heat and glare by wearing sunglasses but it is just as important to cover your eyes from the sun’s Ultraviolet (UV) rays by wearing your sunglasses in the winter.
Another disorder that we must protect our eyes from is dry eye syndrome which is common throughout the winter months. Dry eyes in winter is caused lower temperatures causing the air to become more dry. When the air is dry it causes evaporation of the surface of the eye which is mainly made up of water resulting in less moisture for the eye, this causes dryness and irritation.
The aim in winter is to keep moisture for your eyes and protect yourself from UV.
Here are our tips for Winter Eye Care:
1. Use Moisturising Eye Drops
As the cold air causes drying and irritation of the eyes it is good to use moisturising eye drops to soothe the eyes.
2. Keep your Distance from Heaters and Radiators.
Indoor heat reduces moisture in the room causing dry eyes so it is wise to keep a distance from heaters and radiators. Another option is to invest in a humidifier which will keep the room humidified.
When driving the use of the car heaters can also cause dry eyes.
3. Wear Sunglasses
The sun will shine with the same glare as summer so it wise to protect your eyes by wearing your sunglasses in the winter from the UV rays that are reflected off snow and ice.
4. Take a break from Electronic Devices
During winter months we tend to stare at our digital devices more often. Give your eyes a break by observing the 20-20-20 rule. Take a break for 20 seconds and stare at something 20 feet away, do this every 20 minutes.
5. Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and eat a healthy diet including fish and leafy greens.
6. Wear Contact Lenses less Often
If you wear contact lenses and your eyes feel dry and irritated, take them off and wear your spectacles more often.
7. Prevent Cross Contamination
When you have the cold or flu there is a good chance that this can cause inflammation of the conjunctiva. Prevent bugs and germs spreading by constantly washing your hands.
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