While it is common to think of winter as the wet season because of the rain and snow, the atmosphere is really more dry during the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be irritated more quickly.
Our team is here to help you find the most effective options to keep your eyes hydrated during the dry winter season. Even before you step outdoors you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Eye doctors advocate the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.
In addition, it’s wise 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 putting on a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to keep the swirling winds away and stop evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.
An additional practical tip for keeping your eyes moist this winter, is using good eye cream. Our eye care practice can suggest a good eye cream that will help you keep the ocular area protected.
Remember that if you wear contacts you need to be especially careful in the colder months. If possible, use rewetting drops often. Lenses are like sponges and must remain hydrated to maintain their shape. Once they loose moisture, the contacts can change form and cling to the eyeball, which causes pain and cloudiness. So let your contacts drink up... and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can avoid the hazards of winter and keep your eyes safe and cozy throughout the season!