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Dry Eyes Getting You Down? Tips on Keeping Your Eyes Hydrated This Cold Season

Although many people refer to winter as the wet time of year with all the precipitation, the air is really a lot dryer in the winter, causing your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our team can help you find the best ways to keep your eyes moisturized this winter. While you are indoors you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.

In addition, be careful to take added precautions once you step outside into the cold air. You can further protect your eyes from the wind and cold by putting on a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. The point is to keep the harsh winds away and stop evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.

If your symptoms become unbearable you may want to consider rewetting drops which may help manage the bothersome symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your eye doctor before you start using artificial tears to ensure they are suitable for your condition.

Remember that if you use contact lenses you need to be particularly cautious in the winter. When possible, make use of rewetting drops frequently. While you may not recognize it, lenses are like sponges and are required to remain lubricated to maintain their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the contacts can lose their shape and cling to your eyes, causing discomfort and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little awareness and planning, you can stay clear of the dangers of the harsh elements and keep your eyes safe and cozy the whole season!