Winter Dry Eyes

Winter Eye Challenges

Winter eye health can be challenged when temperatures turn south, but by incorporating these tips, you can keep your eyes healthy and happy. 

MN winter weather brings a considerable drop in temperatures and a considerable rise in certain winter eye health challenges. These winter eye health challenges most commonly stem from:

  • Dry air exposure
  • Weather changes with increased wind
  • Bright sunlight
  • Increased screen time

Winter Weather For Eyes

Winter weather drives temperatures down and decreases the humidity content of the air. This decrease in outside humidity when paired with decreased humidity inside from constant heater use means your eyes are faced with much drier circumstances. Dry eyes can cause a multitude of symptoms and problems. Eyes require lubrication to stay healthy. Tears move across the eye when you blink to help keep the surface your eye moist and free from debris. If you are suffering from eye irritations like burning, grittiness, blurred vision or itching you may be suffering from a medical condition called dry eye.  Dry eye affects about 10 to 20 percent of the population.   

The following tips can help you treat your symptoms and support your efforts to take care of your eyes:

  • Use Lubricating Eye Drops. 
  • Add humidity with a humidifier.  Increasing the humidity in your home can help with dry eye symptoms. 
  • Hydrate. Drinking water can help you maintain better winter eye health on several levels.   Drinking plenty of water can prevent both your body and your eyes from becoming dehydrated.
  • Get Your Omega-3 Fatty Acids.   Omega-3 has become a byword for healthy eating in recent years as people start to appreciate how important this essential fatty acid is in a healthy diet. Omega-3 helps in the prevention of dry eyes. 

Talk To An Expert

By taking steps to keep your eyes moist, you can help preserve their health all winter long!  Select Eyecare is here to help you with any of your eye care needs throughout the winter months. Contact us today!