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How to Avoid Dry Eyes This Cold Season

Even though you may refer to winter as the rainy season due to the precipitation, the atmosphere is really more dry in the winter, causing your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our eye care staff is here to help you find the most effective options to keep your eyes moisturized during the dry winter months. While you are indoors you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Optometrists recommend using humidifiers in rooms with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the air.

In addition, it’s wise to take additional protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. You can further guard your eyes from the elements by dressing with a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. Always try your best to keep the whipping winds away to stop them from drying out your eyes.

Another practical tip for avoiding dry eyes, is using good eye cream. Our vision practice can suggest a good eye cream that will help you keep the ocular area protected.

Remember that if you have contacts you need to be especially cautious in the winter. If able, make use of rewetting drops often. While you may not recognize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and are required to stay hydrated to retain their shape. Once they loose moisture, the lenses can lose their shape and cling to your eyes, which causes pain and cloudiness. So let your lenses drink up...  and make sure to keep them moisturized this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can stay clear of the hazards of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes safe and cozy all season long!