- Tip 1 Soothing Sore Eyes
The cold dry winter air can cause eyes to be more sensitive. A common condition that people can experience is dry or sore eyes. Dry eye in particular is a chronic condition in which a person cannot produce tears or finds it difficult to produce tears. Keeping eyes moist is key. Heat for a fire or heater can cause eyes to dry out. Sit away from sources of heat and use a humidifier in indoor heated areas to alleviate the dryness in the air. Keep eyes directly moist by using eye drops.
- Tip 2 Identifying Irritation
Cover up in winter when you are outdoors by wearing a hood or brimmed hat. You want to protect your eyes from dust and debris that might irritate them. Also take care if you wear heavy eye makeup and never share makeup brushes as another person’s germs can carry bacteria or a virus which you are more susceptible to in colder wetter conditions.
- Tip 3 Preventing Eye Infections
Washing your hands regularly especially if you have a cold and using an anti-bacterial hand wash can help prevent the spread of the flu and related eye infections. The eye infection conjunctivitis that can be contracted if you frequently touch your eyes with your hands, especially if they have not been washed.
- Tip 4 Beating the Winter Sun
Many people think it is only appropriate to wear sunglasses in the summer, but really for optimal eye care you should wear them all year around. It isn’t the glare of the sun that you have to worry about in winter, but the ultraviolet rays that beam from it which is damaging to your eyes. Ensure whichever sunglasses you choose have built in UV protection. If it is snowy, take extra precautions as snow doubles the UV rays penetration as the rays can enter your eyes from above and be reflected off the snow directly into your eyes. Choosing a pair of snow googles is best in this case.
- Tip 5 Book an Eye Test
If you find you are experiencing eye strain during the winter or any time of year, you should contact your optician and book an eyesight test.