While it is common to think of winter as the wet season due to the precipitation, the air is really more dry in the colder months, causing your eyes to be irritated more easily.
Our team is here to assist you in selecting the best ways to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter months. While you are indoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the environment.
In addition, it’s wise to take extra precautions once you're going outside and will be exposed to the elements. You can further protect your eyes from the elements by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to protect your eyes from the swirling winds to prevent them from drying out your eyes.
If your symptoms become unbearable you may want to consider lubricating eye drops which may help treat the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your eye care professional before you start using artificial tears to confirm that they are the right solution for your symptoms.
Remember that if you use contacts you need to be extra careful in the winter. When possible, use rewetting drops often. Lenses are like sponges and need to stay lubricated to retain their shape. If they begin to dry out, the lenses can change shape and stick to the eyeball, causing pain 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 clear and moisturized all season long!