Chilly Months Are Coming: Are Your Eyes Ready For Winter?
Snow is just around the corner, and while it’s likely that you’ve started thinking about updating your wardrobe for the cold months ahead, most people don’t think about updating their eye care. It’s important to protect your eyes in the winter differently than you do in the summer.
Let’s take a look at some eye care tips for saying safe as the temperatures begin to drop.
- Protect your eyes from UV radiation. It’s key to continue using sunglasses in the winter, as the sun’s UV rays can be reflected off of snowy surfaces, posing an even greater danger to your eyes than the sun on it’s own.
- Keep the air indoors moist. When it’s cold outside, the air is usually dry. This can make it tough for your eyes to stay moist, even once you’re indoors. Using a humidifier to keep the air moist inside can go a long way towards keeping your eyes healthy and comfortable.
- Stay hydrated. In the summer, it can be easy to get your eight glasses of water a day, but many people struggle in the winter. Remember, it’s important to drink plenty of water even if you don’t feel thirsty. Herbal tea counts, but coffee doesn’t – and remember, caffeine can dehydrate your body. If you drink coffee or other sources of caffeine, you’ll need to take in even more water to keep your body and eyes hydrated.
- Adding cold water fish to your diet can also help your eyes to stay moisturized. Tuna, mackerel, and halibut are all loaded with the omega-3 fatty acids that can help your eyes to stay hydrated when the air outside is cold and dry.
- If you participate in winter sports like skiing, snowboarding, or snowmobiling, it’s essential that you keep your eyes safe by wearing a high-quality pair of goggles. If you can find a pair that you love with UV protection, even better.
- During winter, as your eyes become more dry than in th
e summer, you may become especially susceptible to infections from going to sleep without cleaning your eyes. Washing your face before bed is essential, especially if you wear makeup. Be sure to fully remove makeup before you go to sleep, allowing your eyes to rest.
- Driving at night can be especially dangerous. It’s always tough to drive in low light conditions, but the slippery, icy glare that can take over roadways at night in the winter can be nearly impossible to navigate if your eyesight is not up to par. If you’re due for an eye exam, be sure to get in to see your eye doctor before the weather changes.