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Eye Health

Winter is here...

We are now heading into the colder months where we’ll be layering up, snuggling into warm coats and breaking out the boots and uggs. During this time, the indoor and outdoor environments we spend our time in will change. So it is very important that we take extra care with our eye health.

Keep your dry eye at bay

A windy and cold environment causes your eyes to dry out and lose moisture quicker than in other conditions. And staying indoors means closed windows and heating, which can further exacerbate these symptoms. Make sure you stay hydrated, drinking plenty of water and even using a humidifier to help add moisture to your home. You may notice that your ongoing dry eye treatments such as heat, massage or eye drops will need to be carried out more frequently.

Keep your sunglasses on

Clouds do not block all harmful UV rays, meaning your eyes are still at risk of UV damage during these winter months. This is why it’s very important to wear UV protective sunglasses when you’re out and about this winter, even if it doesn’t feel like a sunny day.

Healthy diet

During these months, it feels like everyone around you has the sniffles or a cough. Having the cold or flu can cause eye health issues such as viral conjunctivitis. So it is very important to follow a healthy lifestyle and nutritious diet. For example, eating foods rich with omega-3 can highly benefit your eye health.

Contact lenses

Contact lens wearers might find that their lenses dry out a lot quicker in the winter months than at other times of the year. Make sure to give your eyes as many breaks from contact lenses as possible, switching to your glasses immediately when you get home and perhaps giving them a full day’s break from contacts once a week.