How to Prevent Dry Eye in Winter Weather

 In Eye Care

Have your eyes been aching for moisture this winter season? This is actually a common occurrence for most individuals. Cold winter weather means an increase of dry heat. Car heaters, home heating systems, even fireplaces can take the moisture out of the air and leave you with dry and uncomfortable eyes. Utah Valley Eye Center in Provo can help you with this dilemma. We have provided you with some ways you can prevent dry eye this winter season.

 

Use a Humidifier

As mentioned before, heated homes and cars can take the moisture out of the air. To add that moisture back into the air you can seek the aid of a humidifier. A humidifier restores the humidity in the air and will prevent you from getting dry eye. A cool mist humidifier is always best and very beneficial for your health.

 

Keep your Contacts Clean

If you are a contact wearer you will want to take extra measures this winter to keep your contacts clean. Your eyes could dry even more with contacts, so make sure you are always wearing clean contacts to reduce risk of infection and itching. Cleaning contacts will also provide the moisture your eyes need. Keep eye drops handy on days that seem to be extremely dry.

 

Stay Hydrated

Making sure your body stays hydrated will ensure your eyes stay moist. It recommended that you drink 8 eight-ounce glasses of water every day. This could go up if you work out and tend to sweat more than the average person.

 

Protect your Eyes

If you are planning for a fun day outside make sure you bring the proper eye wear. If you are going to be out in harsh winter conditions you will want to wear eyewear and a visor to keep debris from getting into your eyes. Remember to also have the appropriate eyewear for extended time out on the snow. UV rays tend to reflect up from the snow and into your eyes. Sunglasses with the proper UV protection are always recommended.

 

For more information on preventing dry eye this winter season make sure you stop by Utah Valley Eye Center in Provo. We are experts when it comes to the health of your eyes and eye surgeries such as LASIK. Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment.

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