Even though many people refer to winter as the rainy time of year because of the rain and snow, the air is really a lot dryer in the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our optometry staff can assist you in choosing the most effective options to keep your eyes moisturized during the arid winter season. Even before you step outdoors you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Eye doctors recommend the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can decrease moisture from the environment.

Additionally, make sure to take additional protective measures once you step outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes protected by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to keep the whipping winds away and stop evaporation of your eye’s tear film.

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

Don’t forget that if you have contact lenses itÂ’s important to be particularly careful in the winter. If able, use rewetting drops as often as you can. Lenses are dependent on moisture and must remain lubricated to retain their shape. If they loose moisture, the contacts can change form and cling to the eyeball, which causes pain and blurriness. So let your lenses drink upÂ… and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and planning, you can stay clear of the dangers of the harsh elements and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!