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Winter Dry Eyes… Some Simple Tips

Although you may think of winter as the rainy time of year because of the rain and snow, the atmosphere is actually more dry in the winter, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our eye care staff is available to help you find the most effective options to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter season. While you are indoors you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Eye doctors recommend using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heating, which can take away moisture from the air.

In addition, be careful to take extra precautions once you're going outside and will be exposed to the frigid air. Keep your eyes protected by wearing a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. It is important to shield your eyes from the harsh winds and prevent evaporation of your eye's tear film.

If your dryness is persistent you should think about artificial tears which may help manage the bothersome symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your eye care professional before you start using eye drops to confirm that they are right for your symptoms.

Remember that if you have contacts it’s important to be especially careful in the colder months. When able, use rewetting drops frequently. While you may not recognize it, lenses are like sponges and are required to remain lubricated to keep their shape. If they begin to dry out, the lenses can lose their form and cling to your eyes, causing discomfort and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and planning, you can avoid the dangers of winter and keep your eyes safe and cozy throughout the season!