Even though it is common to refer to winter as the wet season due to the precipitation, the air is really a lot dryer in the winter, causing your eyes to become more sensitive.
Our eye care staff can assist you in selecting the best options to keep your eyes moisturized this winter. Even before you step outside you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Eye doctors advocate using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.
In addition, be careful to take additional protective measures once you step outside and will be exposed to the elements. You can further protect your eyes from the wind and cold by wearing a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to shield your eyes from the harsh winds and stop evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.
If your symptoms become unbearable you may want to consider artificial tears which may help treat the bothersome symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your optometrist prior to starting to use eye drops to make sure they are suitable for your symptoms.
Don't forget that if you have contacts it’s important to be particularly careful in the colder months. When possible, make use of rewetting drops frequently. Lenses are dependent on moisture and must stay wet to retain their shape. If they loose moisture, the lenses can change form and cling to the eyeball, which causes pain and blurriness. So let your contacts drink up… and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can stay clear of the dangers of the harsh elements and keep your eyes clear and moisturized the whole season!