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Dry Eyes Getting You Down? Advice on Keeping Your Eyes Protected This Winter

Even though many people refer to winter as the rainy time of year because of the precipitation, the air is actually a lot dryer during the winter, which can cause your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our eye care team is here to assist you in selecting the most effective options to keep your eyes moisturized this winter. While you are indoors you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists recommend the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the environment.

In addition, make sure to take additional precautions once you step outside into the cold air. You can further shield your eyes from the elements by dressing with a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. The point is to keep the harsh winds away to stop them from drying out your eyes.

One more practical tip for keeping your eyes moist this dry season, is using good eye cream. Our eye care center can recommend some good options that will help you keep the ocular area protected.

Don't forget that if you have contact lenses you need to be especially cautious in the colder months. If possible, use rewetting drops often. Lenses are dependent on moisture and must stay lubricated to retain their shape. Once they loose moisture, the contacts can lose their shape and stick to the eyeball, causing discomfort and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can avoid the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes clear and moisturized the whole season!