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Winter Eye Care: Tips to Keep Your Eyes Healthy and Happy

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As winter sets in, the cold weather and indoor heating can wreak havoc on your eyes. Dry air, increased screen time, and exposure to harsh weather conditions are just a few of the seasonal challenges your eyes may face.

Here are some tips from the Shire Optometrists to keep your eyes healthy and comfortable throughout the winter months.

1. Combat Dryness

The cold outdoor air and heated indoor environments can reduce the moisture in your eyes, leading to dryness and irritation. To combat this, consider using a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the air or using eye drops to keep your eyes hydrated.

2. Protect Your Eyes from UV Rays

Even in winter, UV rays can harm your eyes. If your heading to the ski fields this season, a reminder that snow reflects up to 80% of UV rays, increasing your exposure. Always wear sunglasses that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays when you are outside, even on cloudy days. This can help prevent snow blindness and long-term damage to your eyes.

3. Stay Hydrated

Hydration is just as important in winter as it is in summer. Drinking plenty of water helps maintain your overall eye health and reduces the likelihood of dry and irritated eyes. Aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

4. Take Breaks from Screens

With shorter days and more time spent indoors, screen time tends to increase in the winter. Prolonged exposure to screens can lead to digital eye strain. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. This helps reduce eye strain and gives your eyes a chance to rest.

6. Avoid Rubbing your eyes and keep your hands clean

Cold weather often brings an increase in colds and flu. Rubbing your eyes can transfer germs and lead to infections like conjunctivitis. If your eyes feel itchy or irritated, use eye drops or a cold compress instead of rubbing them. Make sure you wash your hands regularly to reduce the spread of germs.

7. Schedule Regular Eye Exams

Regular eye exams are crucial for maintaining good eye health. If you experience persistent dryness, redness, or any other discomfort or if you need to find the right eyewear for the snow season, please make an appointment with the team at Shire Optometrists.
Winter eye care is all about maintaining moisture, protecting your eyes from the elements, and ensuring you have a healthy lifestyle. By following these tips, you can keep your eyes comfortable and healthy throughout the cold months.

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