With winter comes crisp weather, cold winds, and attempts to keep cosy with indoor heating. These factors can cause eye discomfort and irritation, particularly dry eye. Here are some tips to help keep your eyes happy in the colder months.
Keep your eyes moist
Use preservative-free lubricant drops to help keep eyes moist and sooth dry, irritated eyes. Try to avoid sitting directly in front of heat sources and use a humidifier to add moisture into dry rooms.
Blink more & remember 20:20:20
Cold, rainy days often means more time indoors reading, watching TV or spending time on our devices. When engaged in close work activities our blink rate goes down, so don't forget to blink often! Help reduce eye strain by using the 20:20:20 rule; every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and focus your eyes on something at least 20 feet away.
Give your eyes a break
Contact lens wearers are often more susceptible to eye discomfort during winter. Leave out your lenses for a day or two and wear your glasses to give your eyes a break. Ask your optometrist about lens types that work best for those with dry eye, or drops that may provide better comfort while wearing your current lenses.
Don't forget about UV
While the sun may be hiding, the harmful UV rays are still out! Wearing sunglasses not only protects your eyes from UV but can also help shield your eyes from strong winds that can cause stinging or watering.
If your eyes are irritated, dry, or watering frequently, get in touch with us to see one of our optometrists.