Winter Eye Care Tips
The colder months are just as damaging to your eyes as the warmer ones. The main danger to your eyes at this time of year is lack of moisture, as your tear film tends to evaporate. To prevent this and other eye damage occurring, here are tips to help you keep your eyes in good shape.
Vegetables and oily fish are good for your eyes. They will help your body maintain your eyesight and keep it in good order. Kale, carrots, and spinach are all good choices of vegetables. When the weather gets colder, fish and vegetables should be on the menu.
Heating Systems and Eye Drops
Central heating systems in our cars and homes tend to dry out the air. This has a negative impact on our eyes as the tear film tends to dry out too. If you find your eyes are dry and tired, invest in some pharmacy or optometrist recommended eye drops to keep your tear film moist.
Beware of Cold and Flu
With colds and flu having a field day in the colder months, ensure you wash your hands at appropriate times. It is easy to touch your eye and transfer cold and flu like bacteria, causing infections. Be sure to take extra care at work and other communal areas where the undesirable bacteria can be lurking on door handles and such like.
Protect your Eyes When Outside
If you are out and about, give your eyes the protection they need. Wide brimmed hats, hoods, possibly wraparound sunglasses if it gets cold enough, will all keep your eyes protected. If you are partaking in winter sports, the importance of protecting your eyes from the sun’s UV rays can’t be overstated. It doesn’t have to be the summer to need sunglasses.
Never Share Cosmetics
Although it is second nature try and avoid sharing cosmetic products. It is very easy to pass infections using shared cosmetics. Eye infections are no fun, so it is a good idea to avoid the practice.
Contact Lens Issues
If you feel your contact lenses are drying out your eyes speak to our professional optometrsist about possible solutions. You may just need rewetting drops or a different solution to keep your eye moist.
Book an Eye Exam
As we are in the heart of winter, having an eye examination is always prudent. Current thinking is that you should have eye checkups to the same frequency as dental checkups. This way, issues can be addressed faster, and the quality of your eyesight can be maintained.
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