5 Tips for Eye Care in the Winter Time
During the winter months, your eyes can suffer from extra dryness and exposure, leaving you with dry, itchy eyes. Pain, swelling and blurred vision can also come about due to the frigid temperatures and dry air (both outside and indoors), and for the winter outdoor enthusiast, the sun’s UV rays can also put people at greater risk for eye damage.
To help protect your eyes from the chilly elements and ensure your eyes stay healthy and safe, follow these easy steps:
- Try a humidifier. Using a humidifier indoors helps battle against the heat or air circulating in your home, which can cause eye irritation and dryness. Dry air can wreak havoc on your sinuses, causing congestion and sinusitis. When you run the humidifier, it’s a good idea to do so in the evening hours when your eyes can be more susceptible to dry conditions.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water is an excellent way for you to help your body ward off dry, itchy eyes. During the winter months aim to increase your water intake to prevent dehydration. By doing so, you will not only be rehydrating your eyes, you’ll be helping to keep your organs functioning correctly.
- Wear UV protection. In the winter months, the sun’s reflection on ice or snow increases, which can cause inflammation of the cornea and make eyes sore and sensitive to light. This is because the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays reflect off the ice or snow and into your eyes. Eye protection is key to protecting your eyes from UV rays, as well as the drying effects of wind. Look for sunglasses that offer UV protection, blocking 99 to 100 percent of UV light.
- Choose a healthy diet. Eating cold-water fish like salmon, halibut and tuna is a great way to keep your eyes lubricated, as they are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help prevent your eyes from becoming more dry and inflamed in the cold winter months.
- Use a warm compress. A moist, warm washcloth can do wonders for dry, itchy eyes. Apply the washcloth to each eye for a couple of minutes per eye to help create the moisture your eyes need. This can also be a soothing way to treat eyes that are swollen or irritated.
To learn more about caring for your eyes in the winter months, contact us at our Harrison or Yonkers offices to schedule a consultation.