Protecting Yourself From Dry Eyes This Winter

Protecting Yourself From Dry Eyes This Winter

Winter is just around the corner, and with winter comes a host of wonderful things like ice-skating, hot chocolate, holidays, and more; however, winter also brings a few not-so-wonderful experiences like runny noses, chapped lips, and dry eyes. If you’re one of millions of Canadians who experience the awful feeling of having dry eyes each winter, it may help you to learn these handy tips to help alleviate some of the irritation.

Keep Your Home Comfortable
While dry eyes come from the dry and frigid air outside, one of the best ways to combat the feeling this winter is to keep your home warm and humid. Winter weather will make the inside of your home drier and cooler, irritating your eyes even when you’re inside, so we recommend that you invest in a humidifier and keep your home nice and warm next season.

Drink Lots Of Water
Staying hydrated is a great way to avoid your eyes, skin, lips, and hands getting dry. The best personal defence against dry eyes this winter is to stack your deck by being as hydrated and as healthy as possible before you step outside. Drink lots of water, eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and treat your body well this winter: it’ll protect against dry eyes, dry skin, headaches, and a whole slew of other potential winter problems.

Wear Sunglasses
Protect yourself from the sun, the wind, the elements, and dry eyes this winter by wearing your sunglasses when you leave the house. It’s a common misconception that you only need sunglasses during the summer months, but sunshine never takes a break. By keeping your eyes covered when you’re out of the house, you’re not only protecting them from sun damage, but you’re also insulating them from the cool, dry winter air.

Try The 20-20-20 Rule
Many of us work in the office or on a computer throughout the winter which can really strain and dry our eyes. Give your eyes a break every once in a while by participating in the 20-20-20 rule. The 20-20-20 rule states that every 20 minutes you look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds: this will allow your eyes to relax and take a break from screens. Resting your eyes periodically is a great way to avoid dry eyes this winter.

If Irritation Is Constant, Schedule An Eye Exam
While having dry eyes is a common issue during the colder months of the year for most people, it’s important to listen to your body and keep track of your health. If you notice that your eyes are drier than usual or you’re experiencing constant eye irritation, we recommend scheduling an eye exam to make sure your eyes are healthy.

Interested in getting your eyes examined this winter?
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