Some people absolutely love winter while others cannot wait for it to be over. Regardless of where you fall on this debate, it is well documented that prolonged cold weather, dry air and bright sunlight during winter can wreak havoc on your health and body. This is particularly true of eyes which are delicate and easily affected by the environment. So, below are some tips on how to protect your eyes during this winter and to ensure that your next visit to an eye specialist in Kitchener goes smoothly without any surprises.
While the sun may not always be out during the winter, you can be sure that it’s still there and still very potent. This means that you still have to protect yourself from UV exposure even on the coldest days. Look for sunglasses that block above 99% of UVB and UVA radiation. This will reduce your susceptibility to eye-related issues such as glaucoma, cataracts as well as retina diseases such as muscular degeneration.
Wear a Hat
Wearing a hat with a wide brim will block UV rays from hitting your face and therefore reduce UV exposure.
Keep Your Eyes Moist
This is a season of dry air. Be it from cold winds outside or indoor furnace heat, this cold air is known to cause eye irritation or aggravate the dry eye condition. Keep moisturizing drops close by to help you deal with the seasonal dryness. Additionally, use a humidifier to maintain moisture in the room air.
Practice Good Hygiene
Conjunctivitis, commonly known as pinkeye, is more common during the winter. This is a contagious infection that easily spreads from person to person through contact. Places like doorknobs, elevator buttons or cash machines could harbour virus or bacteria. The condition can also spread from one eye to the other. Therefore, protect your eyes by frequently washing your hands. Avoid touching your eyes as much as possible. If you suspect you have pinkeye, make an appointment with your eye specialist in Kitchener for immediate treatment and to protect the people close to you.
Visit an Optometrist
Make an appointment with an optometrist who can evaluate your vision, diagnose winter-related eye conditions such as dry eye and pinkeye and provide treatment or ways to manage the health of your eyes.
The tips above should help you protect your eyes from the winter sun as you enjoy the winter or mark off your calendar waiting for spring. If you need more information on how you can protect your eyes this winter, or need to schedule an appointment with an eye specialist in Kitchener, talk to KW Vision Centre today.