When the temperature begins to drop in the winter, your primary concern is how to keep your body warm. Though we may believe that the summer is the only time to protect your eyes from the glaring hot sun, it is equally important to protect your eyes during the winter season. The winter season brings with it a slew of eye-related issues, such as eye irritation caused by dry air and germs. Take a look at the tips provided below to protect your eyes during the winter.
1) Wear UV – Protected Sunglasses:
Sunglasses aren’t just for summer because UV rays from the sun are harmful to the eyes regardless of season or temperature. It is a myth that UV rays are only harmful during the summer and are less harmful on cloudy or cold days. The sun does not have to be extremely bright to harm your eyes. The truth is that they are more dangerous when they bounce off pavements or other objects on these days. To protect your eyes from sunburn and eye problems, wear sunglasses that block 99-100% of UV rays while walking or driving.
2) Prevent your eyes from drying out:
Dry eyes are common in the winter because of the cold and dry air. Because of the cold, people use heaters at home. While their purpose is to maintain a warm environment inside the home while also protecting against foreign materials from outside, they tend to dry out the inside air. The more you use your home heater, the more likely it is that your eyes will become dry because the heater reduces the moisture in the air, drying out your skin and eyes. Constant exposure to blowing dry, hot air causes parched and irritated eyes. Tears evaporate faster in the presence of dry air. If you have chronic dry eyes, the added irritation caused by dry air in the winter is excruciating. Drink plenty of water, avoid direct heating sources, use a humidifier to restore moisture to the air in your home or office, and use artificial tears or lubricating eye drops to maintain eye moisture to counteract this common problem and make your eyes comfortable.
3) Wear eye protection accessories:
Protect your eyes and face from cold winds by wearing hoodies, wraparound sunglasses, or brimmed hats. Wraparound sunglasses keep your tear film from evaporating, which causes dry, irritated, and scratchy eyes.
4) Protect yourself from infection:
Colds and flu are prevalent during this time of year. So, in order to avoid being affected, you must practice good hygiene. It is best to avoid cross-infection by washing your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes.
5) Consume nutritious foods to boost your immunity:
The most effective way to protect your eyes is to be strong on the inside as well. Consume a diet rich in eye-nourishing ingredients. Carrots and spinach are examples of such foods.
6) Do not share your eye makeup:
No matter how much you want to share your eye makeup with a friend or family member, it may not be a good idea. You could end up with a nasty viral, bacterial, or fungal infection in your eyes. In this season, diseases such as herpes simplex and conjunctivitis are common. As a result, avoid sharing or using makeup with others.
7) Make an appointment with your Optometrist @ The Vision Zone for an eye exam:
Regular eye exams are required to maintain good vision. Make an appointment with an ophthalmologist at the Centre for Sight to see if you have any of the above symptoms or if your prescription for glasses or contact lenses needs to be changed.
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