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How to Avoid Dry Eyes This Winter

Although many people think of winter as the wet time of year because of the rain and snow, the air is really a lot dryer in the winter, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our eye care staff can help you find the best options to keep your eyes moisturized during the dry winter months. Even before you step outdoors you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Eye doctors suggest using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the environment.

Additionally, make sure to take additional precautions once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further protect your eyes from the wind and cold by wearing 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.

If your symptoms become unbearable you may want to consider artificial tears which may help relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your eye care professional before you start using eye drops to ensure they are suitable for your condition.

Remember that if you wear contacts it’s important to be particularly cautious in the winter. If able, make use of rewetting drops as often as you can. Lenses are like sponges and must stay wet to keep their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the lenses can lose their form and cling to your eyes, which causes pain and blurriness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can stay clear of the hazards of winter and keep your eyes clear and moisturized the whole season!