Temperatures are dropping and cold winds are blowing, which means the winter sports season is fast approaching. It’s time to break out the ski gear and winter wardrobe to keep your body protected from the elements as you and your family continue sports outside. But you may be neglecting one important body part as winter approaches: your eyes!
You probably wear eye protection in the summer, but do you think about it during the winter months as well? Even though the sun is lower in the sky, the UV rays are just as strong in the winter. At times, it may even be more intense as the sunlight bounces off the snow and ice, producing glare and increasing our exposure to UV rays. UV radiation can make your eyes more prone to degenerative eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, periocular skin cancer, and macular degeneration.
Here are a few things that you can do to keep your eyes protected and safe during the harsh winter months:
- Wear protective eyewear & quality sunglasses outside
Dry eyes will become even drier when they’re exposed to icy winds. In addition to battling UV rays, wrap-around sunglasses or goggles offer great protection against windy winter days and are optimal for outdoor sports!
- Stay away from direct heat
Turn down your central heating to a mild temperature for moisture retention in your eyes.
- Blinking excessively
This ensures adequate production of tears to keep your eyes well lubricated.
- Use a humidifier
Using a humidifier with central heating can help maintain essential levels of moisture in the air.
- Keep eye drops handy
Eye drops and artificial tears are reliable remedies for dry eyes. Keep a bottle with you throughout the day to take care of any sudden episodes of irritation.
- Stay hydrated
Drinking enough water each day can relieve dry-eye and keep your body functioning at its best.
- Visit your Eye Doctor
Winter break offers a great time to schedule your child’s annual eye exam, as well as your own. Make sure your family’s vision is ready for all the events (and memories!) winter has to offer. Schedule an appointment today by calling (763) 416-7600 or by visiting our website.
Be proactive and make sure your eyes are healthy and protected for the winter months ahead! Because the more you know, the better you see.