Is Dry Winter Air Taking A Toll On Your Contact Lenses? How To Make Your Eyes Comfortable Again

Many contact lens wearers find that the winter months present challenges when it comes to keeping their eyes comfortable. Dry air, sudden temperature changes, and wind can all take a toll on contacts. Here, we’ll explore what you can do to keep your eyes hydrated so you can continue wearing your contacts comfortably until warmer weather returns.

Stay Hydrated

Hydration starts by drinking water, and to keep the eyes hydrated, it’s vital to get plenty of water each day. You’ll want to consume at least half of your body weight in ounces of water (if you weigh 150 pounds, you’ll want to drink at least 75 oz. of water). This number may be even higher if you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, participate in moderate to intense exercise, or drink caffeinated or alcoholic beverages.

Run A Humidifier

When you turn on the heat in your home for the winter, your eyes are regularly blasted with dry air. This, plus coming into the heat after being in the cold outdoor air, can take a toll on the comfort of your contact lenses. Running a humidifier can return some moisture to the air and can make it easier for you to wear contacts comfortably.

Use A Warm Compress

Your tears are made of water, mucus, and oil. All three of these components are necessary for your eyes to properly hydrate. When your eyelids become dry, red, and inflamed due to a combination of cold winter air outside and dry hot air inside, it’s possible for your eyelid’s oil glands to not work as well as they should. Using a hot compress on your eyes a few times a week (or even every day) can help to keep the oil glands on your eyelids working as they should, reducing the likelihood that you’ll experience discomfort due to dry eyes while you’re wearing your contacts.

Use Eye Drops

For many people, wearing contacts comfortably is as simple as using eye drops when needed. Keep eye drops with you and use them as necessary. If you find that you’re using eye drops excessively, it’s a good idea to add in some holistic methods of keeping your eyes moist as well.

Give Your Eyes Breaks

Wearing contacts constantly takes a toll on the moisture of your eyes. Never sleep in your lenses and be sure to give your eyes breaks from your contact lenses from time to time by wearing your glasses.

If you find that your eyes are dry and uncomfortable when wearing contact lenses no matter what you do, be sure to reach out to your eye doctor so you can work together to troubleshoot.