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How to Avoid Dry Eye Syndrome This Cold Season

Although many people think of winter as the wet time of year due to the rain and snow, the atmosphere is actually more dry in the colder months, which often causes your eyes to be more sensitive.

Our team is available to assist you in choosing the best options to keep your eyes moisturized this winter. While you are indoors you should help your eyes by using a humidifier. Eye doctors advocate the use of humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the environment.

In addition, it’s wise to take extra precautions once you're going outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes protected by dressing with a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. The point is to protect your eyes from the whipping winds and prevent evaporation of the tear film in your eyes.

An additional easy tip for keeping your eyes moist this dry season, is applying high quality eye cream. Our vision practice can recommend some good options to help you protect the delicate eye area.

Remember that if you wear contacts you need to be extra careful in the colder months. If possible, use rewetting drops often. While you may not recognize it, lenses are dependent on moisture and are required to stay lubricated to keep their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the contacts can lose their shape and stick to your eyes, which causes pain and cloudiness. So let your lenses drink up…  and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little knowledge and preparation, you can avoid the dangers of the harsh elements and keep your eyes clear and moisturized the whole season!

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