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How to Protect Against Dry Eye Syndrome This Winter

Even though you may refer to winter as the wet season due to the rain and snow, the atmosphere is actually more dry during the colder months, which can cause your eyes to become more sensitive.

Our optometry staff can help you find the best ways to keep your eyes hydrated during the arid winter months. Even before you step outside you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.

In addition, it’s wise to take extra protective measures once you step outside and will be exposed to the frigid air. Keep your eyes shielded by putting on a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to shield your eyes from the swirling winds to prevent them from drying out your eyes.

An additional easy tip for keeping your eyes lubricated this winter, is applying high quality eye cream. Our eye care center can suggest the right eye cream that will help you keep the ocular area protected.

Don't forget that if you wear contacts it’s important to be particularly cautious in the colder months. When able, make use of rewetting drops frequently. While you may not recognize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and need to remain hydrated to retain their shape. If they loose moisture, the contacts can change shape and cling to your eyes, which causes discomfort and cloudiness. So let your contacts drink up...  and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can avoid the dangers of the harsh elements and keep your eyes clear and moisturized throughout the season!