One of the most common winter eye complaints is dry, irritated eyes. As the temperature goes down, the number of dry eye issues goes up!
Of course, the best thing to do if your eyes are irritated is to make an appointment to come in for an exam.
In the meantime, here are our TOP FIVE suggestions to make winter a little easier on your eyes!
ONE – Humidifier: Using a humidifier in your home or office, can improve the air quality. Indoor heating and the heat from fireplaces can cause the air to be dry. Give yourself a more comfortable environment with a humidifier.
TWO – Artificial Tears: Supplement your tear film with over-the-counter artificial tears. This simple solution provides instant relief for dry eyes. Artificial tears can be used as often as needed, so you don’t need to worry about using too much. Give your eyes the moisture they need! Contact lens wearers should keep artificial tears handy to keep their lenses comfortable.
THREE – Sunglasses & Ski Goggles: The UV rays of the sun can be just as damaging in cold weather as in warm weather. In fact, the reflection of the sun off of the snow can make the need for UV protection even more critical. When you are out having fun in the snow, choose eyewear with UV protection.
FOUR – Medications: If you have a cold, and are taking antihistamines to dry up your sinuses, that medication can cause drymouth and dry eyes too. If you are picking up antihistamines at the pharmacy, don’t forget to add artificial tears to your shopping list. Artificial tears will help combat the added dryness from cold medicines. (See #TWO above!)
FIVE – Wash Your Hands!: Keeping your hands clean and free from germs will help prevent the spread of pink eye. People who are most at risk to contract pink eye include students of all ages, teachers, and daycare workers. Hand washing is important all year round, but it is even more essential in the winter!