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Ways to Protect Against Dry Eyes This Winter

While you may think of winter as the wet season due to the rain and snow, the air is actually more dry in the colder months, causing your eyes to become more sensitive.

Our eye care staff is available to help you find the best options to keep your eyes moisturized during the dry winter season. Even before you step outdoors you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can take away moisture from the air.

In addition, make sure to take added precautions once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further protect your eyes from the wind and cold by wearing a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to guard your eyes from the whipping winds and stop evaporation of your eye's tear film.

If your dry eyes are persistent you should think about lubricating eye drops which may help treat the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your eye doctor before you start using eye drops to confirm that they are right for your symptoms.

Remember that if you use contact lenses you need to be extra cautious in the colder months. If possible, use rewetting drops frequently. Lenses are like sponges and are required to stay hydrated to retain their shape. If they begin to dry out, the contacts can lose their form and cling to the eyeball, which causes discomfort and blurriness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can stay clear of the hazards of the harsh elements and keep your eyes clear and moisturized throughout the season!