Eyes in the cold

It’s common to protect the skin in winter, but did you know your eyes can suffer in the colder weather too? The winter months can impact your vision in a variety of ways, as well as cause any existing eye conditions to worsen. If you want to ensure that you are looking after your eyes in the cold weather, check out some of the best tips you can follow in this blog.

Limit the heat in your home

As the weather gets colder, it’s tempting to whack the heating up full blast in the home. However, doing so could lead to dry eyes. If you already suffer from this condition, the extra heat is going to exacerbate it.

So, instead of having the heating on maximum, turn it down a few degrees to keep the eyes protected. You could also use a humidifier to provide more moisture into the air. However, if you suffer from dry eyes, it is important that you speak to your optometrist to help determine the cause so that you have the correct treatment.

Protect your eyes from the sun

The UK might not get much sunny weather in winter, but when we do it can cause a host of problems for your eyesight while driving. Wet and icy roads can reflect the sun, making it difficult for drivers to see. This is especially true if you have a dirty windscreen.

To limit issues while driving in winter, make sure your windscreen is clean and clear. You should also consider wearing sunglasses to protect your eyes from the glare of the sun. You will find polarised sunglasses work best at protecting the eyes from direct sunlight.

Use extra light where needed

During winter, there is less natural light. This can make some everyday tasks more difficult such as reading. Unless you take preventative measures, you could suffer from eye strain.

Using additional light in winter can help to alleviate this problem. Use a lamp for reading and to carry out other close tasks.

Consider wearing glasses

Even if you don’t need them, it is worth wearing glasses throughout winter if you suffer from watery eyes. The cold air and wind can cause the eyes to water more often, but glasses will protect them from the elements.

Take breaks when using devices

Did you know that spending time staring at a screen will also cause problems for your eyes this winter? As we spend more time inside the home on colder days, it is common to turn to smartphones, tablets, televisions, and video games to keep us entertained. The trouble is the increased use of screens can cause a variety of eye issues.

When you are using devices, be sure to rest your eyes every 20 minutes. That means, focusing on something at least 20 feet away before returning to using the device.

These are just some of the ways to protect your eyes in the cold this winter – although it is best to get your vision checked regularly to look after your eye health properly. If you do experience any eye concerns, book a consultation with Mr Zaid Shalchi today.