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Ways to Avoid Dry Eye Syndrome This Winter

While you may refer to winter as the wet time of year due to the precipitation, the air is really more dry during the colder months, which often causes your eyes to become irritated more quickly.

Our staff is available to assist you in selecting the most effective options to hydrate your eyes this winter. While you are indoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heating, which can take away moisture from the environment.

In addition, make sure to take added precautions once you step outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes shielded by dressing with a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. The point is to protect your eyes from the harsh winds and stop evaporation of your eye's tear film.

If your dryness is persistent you may want to consider lubricating eye drops which may help manage the bothersome symptoms of dry eyes. Consult with your optometrist before you start using artificial tears to confirm that they are suitable for your symptoms.

Remember that if you wear contact lenses you need to be especially careful in the colder months. If possible, make use of rewetting drops often. Lenses are like sponges and need to stay wet to retain their shape. If they loose moisture, the lenses can change shape and stick to the eyeball, which causes pain and blurriness. So let your lenses drink up...  and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can stay clear of the hazards of winter and keep your eyes clear and moisturized the whole season!