The harsh conditions and bitter winds of winter can take a toll, causing numbness in the extremities, dryness of the skin and even soreness of the lower back after hours of shoveling the driveway. Not unlike the other parts of your body, your eyes need protection from the cold as well.
During the season one must protect their eyes from getting dry. Wearing sunglasses to shield them from the elements and guard them from UV rays can help. If you are taking part in outdoor winter sports be sure to put on a pair of protective goggles.
Sometimes protective gear isn’t enough. There are over the counter lubricating eye drops or artificial tears that can help. If you wear contacts, make sure you re-moisten your contact lenses more often than you would in the warmer months. You can also try purchasing an indoor humidifier, applying warm compresses, and intentionally blinking more often to help moisten the eye’s naturally.
If you are experiencing excessive dryness, you may need something stronger than over the counter solutions. Contact Ophthalmic Specialists of Michigan for an appointment to determine the best method and/or prescription eye drops for your dry eyes.