As the temperature continues to drop, you can definitely feel the holiday spirit all around. However, winter can also bring a few problems. In particular, the cold air and snow can be harsh on your eyes. Your myopia control specialist talks about some eye conditions you may have to deal with this time of the year.
Did you know that the cold air during winter is typically drier than the air during the warmer months? This puts you at greater risk of having dry eyes this season. What you can do is to drink plenty of water, eat fish and take omega-3 fatty acid supplements. You can also use a humidifier in your room. These can help keep your eyes lubricated throughout the cold months.
Sometimes, your eyes may try to compensate for the dryness by producing extra tears. However, this can become too much. We advise using protective goggles whenever you’re heading out to prevent your eyes’ exposure from the elements. If the problem still persists even when you’re already inside, this may be caused by seasonal allergies. Your eye doctor may prescribe antihistamines to control your hypersensitivity reactions.
Increased Sensitivity to Light
Although many days of winter are often filled with thick clouds and dark skies, keep in mind that the sun’s rays can still penetrate through them. And the snow covering the ground can reflect more light, increasing the surroundings’ brightness. Wear UV-protective, polarized eyewear when your outdoors to protect your eyes.
Did you know that your eyes can get sunburned too? And this occurrence is even higher during the winter months because of the reflected light from the snow. If your eyes are becoming too sensitive to light or if you experience eye pain or discomfort, this may indicate sunburn. Visit your optometrist to have your eyes checked. We also advise using protective eyewear with UV protection to avoid having to deal with this problem.
To learn more about your eyes during winter months, contact a myopia control expert in your area today.