Chances are you’re so busy trying to keep warm in winter that you don’t think too much about the health of your eyes, but your eyes need extra care in the cold months. The dry winter air and the sun’s UV rays can make your eyes worse for wear. So pay attention to these tips to ward off any problems, and keep your eyes healthy this winter and spring.
1. Protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. Wearing protective glasses will help to mitigate any possible damage from the sun’s UV rays. The reflection of the UV rays off the snow and ice poses a risk to the health of your eyes. So whether you are out skiing, skating, or driving along the icy roadway, remember to protect your eyes from the glare. Obviously, as the weather heats up in spring and the sun comes out, make sure your wear sunglasses when you’re outside or driving.
2. Moisten your eyes. During winter the eyes have to contend with dry, cold air outdoors, and dry, hot air indoors, often resulting in dry eyes. Minor itchiness and dryness can be relieved with the use of eyedrops, but if the condition persists, be sure to visit your ophthalmologist for help.
3. Limit the time outdoors. It’s a good idea to reduce the amount of time you spend outdoors in the cold weather. But if you have to go out on a blustery day, be sure to shield your eyes well with eyeglasses and goggles.
If you follow these 3 simple tips, you will be able to keep your eyes healthy and free from irritation this winter and spring. Contact the Center for Ophthalmology and Laser Surgery, Lighthouse Point, FL, to have your eyes checked, and learn more about winter eye care. Give us a call today at 954-786-5353, and schedule a consultation with Dr. Michael Loeffler.