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Dry Eyes Getting You Down? Tips on Keeping Your Eyes Hydrated This Winter

Even though it is common to think of winter as the rainy time of year due to the precipitation, the air is really a lot dryer during the winter, causing your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our optometry staff can assist you in choosing the most effective options to keep your eyes moisturized during the dry winter months. Even before you step outside you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the air.

In addition, it’s wise to take extra protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further protect your eyes from the elements by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. It is important to protect your eyes from the harsh winds and prevent evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.

An additional easy tip for avoiding dry eyes, is applying good eye cream. Our eye care practice can recommend the right eye cream to help you protect the delicate eye area.

Don't forget that if you have contacts you need to be especially careful in the colder months. When able, use rewetting drops as often as you can. Lenses are like sponges and are required to remain wet to maintain their shape. If they begin to dry out, the contacts can lose their shape and cling to your eyes, which causes discomfort and cloudiness. So let your lenses drink up… and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and planning, you can avoid the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes clear and moisturized the whole season!