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Ways to Avoid Dry Eye Syndrome This Cold Season

While many people refer to winter as the wet time of year with all the precipitation, the air is actually a lot dryer during the colder months, which often causes your eyes to become more sensitive.

Our eye care staff is here to assist you in selecting the most effective options to hydrate your eyes this winter. Even before you step outdoors you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Eye doctors recommend using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can take away moisture from the air.

In addition, be careful to take extra precautions once you're going outside and will be exposed to the elements. Keep your eyes shielded by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. It is important to shield your eyes from the harsh winds and prevent evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.

Another simple tip for keeping your eyes moist this winter, is applying good eye cream. Our vision center can suggest some good options to help you protect the sensitive eye area.

Don't forget that if you have contact lenses it’s important to be extra cautious in the colder months. When able, make use of rewetting drops often. Lenses are like sponges and need to remain lubricated to keep their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the lenses can lose their form and cling 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 harsh elements and keep your eyes safe and cozy throughout the season!