Protect Against Dry Eyes in Cold Weather

What you wear outdoors changes with the temperature and your eyes is no exception. As temperatures fall you need to think about how you care for them so preparing and protecting for cold weather is important to your ocular well-being.

How to Deal with Dry Heat

Indoor central heating and forced warm air from car vents, for example, can dry out the eyes as it does your skin. One way to combat this is by using a humidifier. Also, try rewetting drops if your eyes feel uncomfortable but ensure you use ones labelled for contact lens wear if appropriate. Ask us for advice about suitable comfort drops for use both with and without contact lenses. You may also want to discuss the type of contact lens you wear at your next appointment. Switching to a different lens material may help ease winter dryness.

Shield Eyes from Reflective UV

Snow on the ground is very reflective and winter UV can be twice as dangerous as summer UV, therefore, wearing adequate sunglasses will protect your eyes against damaging UV rays. Beware, not all sunglasses block 100% of UV rays so check their label. Better still bring them to the practice so we can check them for you.

Play It Safe

Always protect your eyes when snowboarding, skiing and ice­skating. Also protect yourself against debris, snow and sun. Talk to us about the sports you engage in and we’ll find a suitable option.

If you don’t have contact lenses, you may want to consider wearing them for sport. Then you won’t have glasses falling off, fogging up or being clunky under protective eyewear. They offer a wider field of vision, less distortion and more vision stability.

Winter elements can have meaningful effects on your eyes. Preparing them as you would the rest of your body leaves you to enjoy the season to its fullest.

If you would like to know more about how to protect against dry eyes please contact us.