Dry Eye Tips for the Winter At Axis Vision Care
You might think that getting out of the summer heat and glare would mean your eyes had an easier time of it, but that's not quite true. The winter sun can be even more damaging because of added glare bouncing off snow and ice in your environment. Also, the air inside most buildings is dry and overheated during the winter, giving your eyes little relief from the damage done by the outside weather. At Axis Vision Care we advise our patients to practice good preventative care for their eyes to avoid the damage UV rays, glare, and dry air can do.
Add Some Humidity
The best way to avoid dry eyes in the winter is to add humidity to your home. Install portable humidifiers in various rooms in your house, or boil pots of water to increase humidity for pennies. If your bathroom is equipped with an exhaust fan, leave it off while you're showering. Sure, your mirror will steam up, but that extra steam will be a welcome addition to the rest of your house.
Protect From UV Rays
If sunglasses mean summer sports to you, it's time to change your thinking. UV rays can do as much or more damage in the winter by bouncing off bright fields of snow at the side of the road. Wear sunglasses that protect your eyes from 100 percent of UVA and UVB rays every time you go outside, even if it's cloudy outside. You'll protect your eyes from drying out as well as from the danger of serious eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
Increase Your Internal Humidity
You might not feel as thirsty in the winter because you're not dealing with sweating and overheating, but it's just as important to stay hydrated in cold weather as it is in warm. Drink water at regular intervals throughout the day, and enjoy lots of warm tea, broth, and soup to add even more liquids to your body.
Switch Up Your Car Heater
Getting into a car and enjoying that blast of warm air is one of the few pleasures a cold morning can offer. Unfortunately, that momentary pleasure can severely dry out your eyes. Once your windshield has thawed out, switch the forced air to your feet instead of at your face. You'll still stay warm but your eyes will be protected. Also, if you don't have heated seats in your vehicle, consider installing an aftermarket version for more warmth without eye dryness.