While it is common to think of winter as the rainy time of year with all the precipitation, the air is really a lot dryer in the winter, which can cause your eyes to become more sensitive.
Our optometry team is here to help you find the best options to keep your eyes hydrated this winter. While you are indoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the air.
Additionally, make sure to take added precautions once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further guard your eyes from the elements by wearing a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to protect your eyes from the harsh winds and prevent evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.
If your dryness is persistent you should think about rewetting drops which may help relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your optometrist prior to starting to use artificial tears to confirm that they are the right solution for your symptoms.
Don't forget that if you wear contact lenses it’s important to be especially cautious in the colder months. When possible, make use of rewetting drops as often as you can. While you may not realize it, lenses are like sponges and need to stay hydrated to maintain their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the lenses can change shape and stick to the eyeball, which causes discomfort and cloudiness. So let your contacts drink up… and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can avoid the dangers of winter and keep your eyes safe and cozy the whole season!