Winter Eye Care Tips from Dr. Rosa Optometry
During the winter months, most of us are simply trying to stay nice and warm. However, during these months, it is important that you also take care of your eyes. Injuries and irritation can occur during the winter, just as they do in the summer.
It really doesn’t matter if you are hitting the ski slopes or cozying up to the fireplace, you should be aware of the winter surroundings. Here are a few tips to help you take care of your eyes during the colder months.
Keep Your Eyes Moist
When sitting by the fire or just enjoying the indoor heat, your eyes can dry out, which leads to irritation. This can be especially prevalent among those who suffer from dry eye, where the eye doesn’t produce sufficient tears. Consider sitting farther away from any heat source, and use a humidifier or artificial tears to help moisten the eyes.
If you wear contacts, the winter dry air can make wearing them more difficult. You may want to ask your eye doctor about the best wetting solution that will keep your eyes moist in the colder weather.
Sunglasses Are Important
While you probably already wear sunglasses during the summer, it is just as important to protect your eyes from UV rays during the winter. In fact, snowy conditions can double the sun’s UV ray effects. This is due to the fact that the UV rays can reflect off the snow, as well as hitting your eyes from above as normal. Wear sunglasses that are rated to block 99 to 100 percent of UV light; consider wearing a hat as well.
Wearing goggles when outdoors can protect your eyes against slush, ice, dirt, and other debris, especially when engaging in outdoor activities. You risk getting debris lodged in your eye when skiing or hiking. While sunglasses can help, goggles offer maximum eye protection. You can find goggles that will allow you to wear your sunglasses underneath, or ones that come with UV protection built-in.
Come in for a Checkup
Winter is also a great time to have your eyes checked. This can help make sure that your eyes are healthy. You may need to update your prescription or get a pair of those sunglasses that will protect you from those UV rays. At Dr. Rosa Optometry, we want to ensure that your eyes remain healthy all year. Please call us today to