Winter Eye Problems

Did you know that the colder winter months can play havoc on your eye health? Changes in both the environment and the weather can contribute towards a variety of eye problems that you need to be aware of.

Here, we look at some of the most common winter eye problems, alongside how to treat them.

Red eyes

You can develop red eyes at any time of year due to tiredness, infection, blurry vision, or dryness. However, in the colder weather, they can become a more prevalent problem. This is often down to the reflection of the winter sun. It can cause inflammation within the cornea, leading to red eyes.

To prevent the problem, you can wear sunglasses in cold sunny weather.

Dry eyes

The colder, windier weather in winter can cause the eyes to dry out. Using heat to stay warm can also contribute to the problem, leaving the eyes feeling dry and irritated.

There are various ways to treat dry eyes in winter, including eye drops that are available over the counter. One simple change is by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. On windy days, use glasses to keep it out of your eyes, and avoid having your face in direct heat, such as a car heater.

However, it is important to book an appointment with your ophthalmologist, to understand the root cause of your dry eyes. After this, you can discuss the best treatment options to help you manage the condition.

Tearing eyes

The colder weather in winter can also have the opposite effect on your eyes. Instead of drying up, you may find your eyes are more watery than usual. Not only is this annoying, but it can also cause issues with your vision.

Wearing glasses or sunglasses can help to prevent tearing eyes. Try and avoid wiping tears away with your hands or sleeve. Ideally you should wipe them away with a clean tissue to prevent the chance of an infection.

If you have excessive tearing eyes, it could be down to a blocked tear duct, dry eyes, or an infection. For this reason, it is worth seeking help from an ophthalmologist.

Light sensitivity

During winter, the sun sits lower in the sky. This can cause issues with your vision, including light sensitivity. If you drive, be sure to keep sunglasses in your car during winter to put on whenever you need them.

Wearing sunglasses in winter doesn’t just prevent most of the issues above, it also helps to prevent damage caused by the sun’s UV rays. Exposure to harmful UV rays has been linked to an increased risk of developing cataracts.

If you are experiencing winter eye problems that you are struggling to manage, book a consultation with Mr Zaid Shalchi. It could be an indicator of a deeper issue that needs to be addressed.