Although you may refer to winter as the wet season because of the rain and snow, the air is actually a lot dryer during the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.
Our team can assist you in selecting the best ways to hydrate your eyes during the arid winter season. Even before you step outdoors you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists recommend using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the air.
In addition, be careful to take additional precautions once you're going outside and will be exposed to the frigid air. Keep your eyes protected by wearing a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to keep the swirling winds at a distance to prevent them from drying out your eyes.
If your symptoms become unbearable you may want to consider rewetting drops which may help treat the irritating symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your eye doctor before you start using artificial tears to confirm that they are suitable for your symptoms.
Remember that if you wear contact lenses it’s important to be especially careful in the winter. If able, use rewetting drops frequently. Lenses are dependent on moisture and must stay wet to maintain their shape. If they loose moisture, the contacts can change form and stick to the eyeball, causing pain and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can stay clear of the hazards of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy the whole season!