Even though it is common to refer to winter as the wet season because of the rain and snow, the atmosphere is really more dry in the winter, causing your eyes to become more sensitive.
Our staff is available to help you find the best options to keep your eyes hydrated this winter. Even before you step outdoors you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.
Additionally, make sure to take additional precautions once you're going outside and will be exposed to the elements. You can further protect your eyes from the elements by dressing with a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. The point is to guard your eyes from the whipping winds to stop them from drying out your eyes.
If your dryness is persistent you may want to consider rewetting drops which may help relieve the irritating symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your optometrist prior to starting to use artificial tears to ensure they are right for your condition.
Remember that if you use contacts it’s important to be extra cautious in the winter. If able, use rewetting drops as often as you can. While you may not realize it, lenses are like sponges and are required to remain lubricated to retain their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the contacts can change form and stick to the eyeball, causing pain and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and planning, you can avoid the hazards of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy all season long!