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How to Protect Against Dry Eye Syndrome This Cold Season

While it is common to refer to winter as the rainy season due to the precipitation, the atmosphere is really more dry in the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our optometry staff is here to help you find the most effective ways to keep your eyes moisturized during the arid winter months. Even before you step outdoors you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Eye doctors recommend the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heating, which can decrease moisture from the environment.

Additionally, make sure to take added precautions once you step outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes shielded by putting on a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. It is important to protect your eyes from the whipping winds to keep them from drying out your eyes.

If your symptoms become unbearable you should think about rewetting drops which may help relieve the bothersome symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your eye care professional prior to starting to use eye drops to make sure they are the right solution for your condition.

Don't forget that if you use contacts it’s important to be extra careful in the winter. When possible, use rewetting drops as often as you can. While you may not realize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and need to stay lubricated to maintain their shape. If they loose moisture, the contacts can change form and cling to your eyes, 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 hazards of the harsh elements and keep your eyes safe and cozy all season long!