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Home » What's New » How to Avoid Dry Eye Syndrome This Winter

How to Avoid Dry Eye Syndrome This Winter

While it is common to think of winter as the rainy time of year with all the precipitation, the air is really more dry in the winter, which can cause your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our team is here to assist you in selecting the most effective options to hydrate your eyes this winter. While you are indoors you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Eye doctors recommend using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.

Additionally, it’s wise to take added protective measures once you're going outside and will be exposed to the frigid air. Keep your eyes shielded by putting on a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to keep the whipping 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 uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your optometrist before you start using eye drops to ensure they are suitable for your symptoms.

Don't forget that if you use contact lenses it’s important to be extra careful in the winter. If possible, use rewetting drops frequently. While you may not recognize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and are required to remain wet to retain their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the lenses can change form and cling to the eyeball, which causes pain and cloudiness. So let your contacts drink up… and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can avoid the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy the whole season!