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How to Protect Against Dry Eyes This Cold Season

Although it is common to refer to winter as the rainy time of year with all the precipitation, the atmosphere is actually more dry in the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be irritated quickly.

Our staff is here to help you find the best ways to keep your eyes hydrated during the arid winter season. Even before you step outdoors you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists advocate the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.

In addition, it’s wise to take added protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes shielded by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to shield your eyes from the harsh winds and prevent evaporation of your eye's tear film.

If your dryness is persistent you should think about artificial tears which may help relieve the irritating symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your eye care professional before you start using artificial tears to ensure they are right for your symptoms.

Don't forget that if you use contact lenses it’s important to be especially cautious in the colder months. When possible, make use of rewetting drops as often as you can. While you may not recognize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and are required to stay hydrated to keep their shape. If they loose moisture, the contacts can change form and cling to the eyeball, which causes discomfort and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and planning, you can avoid the dangers of the harsh elements and keep your eyes clear and moisturized the whole season!


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