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How to Protect Against Dry Eyes This Winter

Even though you may think of winter as the wet time of year due to the rain and snow, the air is actually a lot dryer during the colder months, which can cause your eyes to become more sensitive.

Our team is available to help you find the best options to hydrate your eyes during the dry winter season. While you are indoors you can help your eyes by using a humidifier. Eye doctors recommend using humidifiers in spaces with forced air heaters, which can take away moisture from the environment.

Additionally, be careful to take added protective measures once you're going outside into the cold air. Keep your eyes protected by wearing a hat with a brim and wearing sunglasses. It is important to shield your eyes from the harsh winds to prevent them from drying out your eyes.

One more easy tip for avoiding dry eyes, is applying good eye cream. Our Austin optometrists at MacCormick Vision Source can suggest some good options that will help you keep the ocular area protected.

Remember that if you have contact lenses it’s important to be particularly cautious in the winter. If possible, make use of rewetting drops frequently. Lenses are dependent on moisture and must remain wet to maintain their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the lenses can lose their shape and stick to your eyes, which causes pain and cloudiness. So do your eyes a favor and keep them moisturized this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can stay clear of the hazards of winter and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!