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Protecting Your Eyes During the Colder Months

By Donna Stark

You wouldn't dare think about heading out into the summer sun without your trusted pair of sunglasses in hand, so why is it any different in the winter? Just because nighttime comes a lot earlier this time of year, doesn't mean the days are any less bright. In fact, your eyes can be equally, if not more, at risk in the winter than what they are in the summer. So, it is vital that you do everything you can to keep them safe and protected. Here are some tips to consider.

Protection From the Sun

Even on cloudy days, we are exposed to the sun's harmful UV rays, which is one reason why we constantly hear medical professionals reminding us to wear our sunscreen. Well, the same thing can be said for eye protection, too. Did you know that snow can reflect sunlight? That means the sun's rays will end up hitting you twice, or doubling your exposure. It's important to protect your eyes effectively and you can do so easily by investing in high-quality, polarized sunglasses.

Moisturizing Drops

There is no safe place to hang out in the winter when it comes to your eyes apparently, because both the cold wind outdoors and the hot air indoors can lead to dryness. If you are experiencing dry eyes, head to your local pharmacy and pick up a container of moisturizing eye drops. You may also want to pick up a humidifier too so you can add moisture to the air in your home. 

Plenty of Light

With reduced hours of daylight, you may need to rely on more lighting in your home, so don't don't be stingy. Turn the lights on! Using extra lamps and positioning night lights exactly where you need them the most will help reduce any excess strain on your eyes.

Breaks From Your Screens

Looking at all those screens in your life can make your eyes strained, irritated, and dry, so take plenty of breaks throughout your day. Step away from your monitor, put your phone away, or turn the television off and do something else.

Caring for Your Eyes During Winter

By following the tips above, you can make the winter months much more comfortable for your eyes and you may even reduce the risk of future damage! So go ahead, start today, and "see" how much of a difference these steps can make. You may be surprised!

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