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

Although it is common to think of winter as the rainy season with all the precipitation, the air is really a lot dryer in the colder months, which can cause your eyes to become irritated more quickly.

Our eye care staff is available to assist you in selecting the most effective options to hydrate your eyes this winter. Even before you step outdoors you should prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Eye doctors suggest the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heating, which can take away moisture from the environment.

In addition, be careful to take additional protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further shield your eyes from the wind and cold by dressing with a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. The point is to shield your eyes from the swirling winds and stop evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.

If your dryness is persistent you may want to consider artificial tears which may help treat the uncomfortable symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your optometrist before you start using artificial tears to make sure they are the right solution for your symptoms.

Don't forget that if you have contacts you need to be especially careful in the winter. If able, use rewetting drops often. Lenses are dependent on moisture and must stay hydrated to keep their shape. If they begin to dry out, the lenses can lose their shape and cling to the eyeball, which causes pain and blurriness. So let your lenses drink up...  and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can avoid the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy throughout the season!