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Ways to Avoid Dry Eyes This Cold Season

Although you may refer to winter as the rainy time of year due to the precipitation, the air is really more dry in the winter, which can cause your eyes to become more sensitive.

Our staff is available to help you find the best ways to keep your eyes moisturized during the arid winter season. Even before you step outside you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can take away moisture from the environment.

Additionally, be careful to take additional protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further protect your eyes from the elements by putting on a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to keep the harsh winds away and stop evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.

One more simple tip for avoiding dry eyes, is applying high quality eye cream. Our vision center can suggest some good options to help you care for the sensitive eye area.

Remember that if you use contacts it’s important to be extra careful in the winter. If possible, use rewetting drops frequently. While you may not realize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and must remain hydrated to retain their shape. If they loose moisture, the contacts can lose their form and stick to the eyeball, which causes discomfort and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can stay clear of the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes clear and moisturized throughout the season!