Prone to ‘dry eye’s over the Winter months? Follow these easy steps from expert Nimesh Shah at Feel Good Contacts.
We are well informed of the significance of eye health, but it’s not often that we specifically think about winter eye care. As the days turn cooler and the nights grow longer, not only is it time to layer up, it’s also time to start thinking about eye protection.
Winter is a tough season for your eyes. It’s the dry, stuffy indoor environments coupled with the frosty weather and harsh windy conditions that can really take a toll on your eye health. Here are some tips on what you can do to maintain healthy vision throughout the winter.
INDOOR EYE CARE
The most common eye complaint in winter is dryness. This is when eyes have a burning or itchy sensation or the feeling that a foreign body is in your eye. The cause is the lower humidity levels inside your home or office when the central heating is on and the windows are closed. Contact lens wearers are most likely to experience this problem, but it can affect anyone. Pre and post-menopausal women who may have eye dryness because of a loss of estrogen are very likely to suffer.
Over dryness can cause blurred vision or damage the cornea which can also lead to blurriness.
To address this issue, try to drink plenty of water. People tend not to drink enough water in the winter as the feeling of coldness can mask the symptoms of thirst so they will drink less during the day. It may not be appealing to drink cold water during the winter so try warm beverages. Herbal drinks and broth are ideal.
Changes to your environment can also help to keep your eyes healthy, if possible, keep an eye on the heat levels in the house/office and invest in a humidifier to keep the air moist.
One simple tip to help address dry eyes is to blink more. When you’re deeply focused on a task (whether you’re on the computer or binge-watching Christmas TV), you tend to blink less, even if you don’t realise it. If you’re not blinking enough, your eyes won’t receive regular hydration and moisture from your tears. As a result, your eyes will begin to feel dry and irritated. Get into the habit of deliberately blinking more often. Don’t worry if you look odd suddenly bursting into 100 blinks a minute, your eyes will thank you for it. I always follow the 20-20-20 rule: Every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and look at something 20 feet away.
There are a few products that you may want to keep close to you to help fight dry eyes throughout the day. Comfi Drops are premium eye drops designed to provide long-lasting relief from dry eyes. They contain the highest concentration of sodium hyaluronate (HA), which replicates your natural tears and moisturises your eyes by improving the way that tears are held onto the surface.
If you’re on the move, then Blink Intensive Tears Vials eye drops for dry eyes are ideal. They are small, pocket-sized vials that contain enough drops to rehydrate and awaken your eyes. Its formula also works to reduce blurred vision.
If you find using eye drops troublesome, there are some alternative options you can use instead. Biotrue Daily Eyelid Wipes are preservative and detergent-free and come in a packet of 20 handy, disposable wipes. Blink Refreshing Hydrating Eye Mist also offers quick and effective relief from dry eyes and is a refreshing alternative for people who don’t like using drops.
It’s also vital to take care of your eyes when you’re outside. When you spend several hours or more ice skating, skiing or playing in the snow, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun’s reflection on ice or snow can damage the eye’s surface, causing an inflammation of the cornea called keratitis.
Keratitis makes the eyes red, sore and sensitive to light. Too much exposure to UV light also plays a key role in the formation of cataracts, a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision.
When outdoors, wear sunglasses that protect your eyes against UV light. Wraparound versions give optimum protection. Remember if you’re skiing you’ve got a double dose of sun from above and the snow glare. Since cataracts are the result of cumulative damage, children should also be encouraged to get into the habit of wearing sunglasses.
Besides wearing sunglasses to avoid the sun’s damaging rays, it’s also wise to wear them on blustery days to protect your eyes from the drying effects of the wind.
Over the course of the winter, your eye health should be a priority. If you have any concerns with your vision then I recommended that you visit an optician to deal with the matter promptly before the condition exacerbates. However, if no issues arise then it’s always a good idea to have your eyes checked every 1-2 years.
Thank-you to Nimesh Shah at Feel Good Contacts for sharing this wonderful advice.