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Ways to Avoid Dry Eyes This Cold Season

Even though you may refer to winter as the wet season with all the rain and snow, the air is really more dry during the winter, which can cause your eyes to become more sensitive.

Our optometry team is here to assist you in selecting the most effective options to hydrate your eyes this winter. While you are indoors you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Eye doctors suggest the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.

In addition, make sure to take additional protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further shield your eyes from the wind and cold by wearing a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. It is important to guard your eyes from the harsh winds to prevent them from drying out your eyes.

If your dryness is persistent you should think about rewetting drops which may help relieve the irritating symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your eye doctor before you start using artificial tears to ensure they are suitable for your condition.

Don't forget that if you wear contacts you need to be extra careful in the colder months. When able, use rewetting drops frequently. Lenses are dependent on moisture and must remain wet to keep their shape. If they begin to dry out, the contacts can change shape and cling to the eyeball, which causes discomfort and blurriness. So let your lenses drink up… and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can avoid the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy the whole season!