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Dry Eyes Getting You Down? Advice on Protecting Your Eyes This Cold Season

While many people think of winter as the wet time of year because of the precipitation, the air is really more dry during the colder months, which can cause your eyes to become more sensitive.

Our eye care staff is here to help you find the best ways to keep your eyes hydrated this winter. Even before you step outdoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Eye doctors suggest the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the air.

Additionally, be careful to take additional precautions once you're going outside to be exposed. You can further protect your eyes from the wind and cold by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to keep the whipping winds at a distance and prevent evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.

One more simple tip for keeping your eyes moist this winter, is applying high quality eye cream. Our eye care center can suggest the right eye cream to help you protect the delicate eye area.

Remember that if you use contact lenses it's important to be especially cautious in the winter. If possible, use rewetting drops often. While you may not realize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and are required to stay lubricated to retain their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the contacts can change form and stick to the eyeball, causing discomfort and cloudiness. So let your lenses drink up… and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can avoid the hazards of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!