The winter season is unfortunately approaching once more, and if you are in a cold climate you need to take care of your eyes. Just because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean that you can’t have serious damage to your eye health throughout the winter months. Find out some tips and advice about winter eye care and get prepared!
While the summer sun may be hot and burn your skin easily, you can still get sun burnt in the winter. The sun reflects up off of the snow and through the clouds. This can cause even worse vision problems, and can cause you to easily burn. Make sure that if you’ll be out in the snow for long hours, that you wear protective gear. This could mean sunglasses or goggles while shoveling the drive, or it could mean skiing or snowboarding goggles while participating in winter sports. Protecting your eyes from the sun is extremely important, as you can actually go “snowblind” from the harsh UV rays.
Dry Air and Winter Eye Care
If you live in a home with forced heat, you’re probably starting to experience the winter eye care problems that come with a forced heat system. While you can put lotion on to cure dryness, what do you do for your eyes? There are a few options. The first is to invest in a good quality humidifier for your home or a room of your home. You might consider putting it in the family room if that’s where you spend the most time. This will add vital moisture to the air and make your winter experience that much nicer.
Another option is to wear glasses more than contacts. Contacts can be hard to wear on a good day at times, so during the winter months with dry air inside and whipping cold air outside, you can have issues with your contact lenses. If you want to continue wearing your contact lenses, ask your doctor about eye drops or lens. These will be helpful to keep your eyes hydrated and moisturized.
Be Cautious with Holiday Makeup
As we discussed in a previous blog, be very cautious with makeup when you decide to use it. Whether you’re using makeup on a daily basis or only for special occasions, there are a few things that you should take into account before applying it. Always check the label to make sure that it is not expired! Never apply expired makeup to your face or body because the chemicals are broken down, and they can have bacteria in them. Just as you wouldn’t consume an expired food, you wouldn’t want to put expired makeup on your face. Next, never share makeup with friends. It’s fun to get ready together, but it’s not fun to get an infection because you’ve shared bacteria between makeup and brushes. Lastly, clean your brushes thoroughly between uses so that they do not hold bacteria from your face and skin.
Protect Your Eyes This Winter!
If you take these few steps this winter, you have a good chance that you won’t experience many winter eye care problems. Winter eye care is an important part of your daily routine in the coming season. If you start to have recurring problems with your eyes, it’s time to call Dr. Clifford Myers and make an appointment. We will perform a comprehensive medical eye exam and figure out what’s going on with your eyes. Contact us today for an appointment!