Goo.gl/G4QFbW #WinterEyeCareTips – So we are all set this winter. We got our warm clothes, warm socks, (very chic!) plaid scarves and more. We are eating healthy (more like just eating) and also we are doing everything we can to protect our skin and hair from this dry, frosty, freezing winter. Moisturizers are hogging more than half our beauty budget. And we are fine with that. We really are. So is that all? Have we thought of everything that needs to be taken care of? Missed something?
Winter Eye Care!!! YES
Oh, eyes. We know that winter affects almost everything about us like our hair, skin, bones, muscles, food habits, mood but what we sort of forget that it also affects our eyes. I mean the icy dry wind outside, drier air inside and let’s not forget the Sun (UV). So the eyes need to be protected during the winter too. Exposure to UV rays during winter can temporarily harm the eyes as well as increase the risk of developing sunlight-related eye disorders, including cataracts. The sun is not winter’s only eye hazard. Its cool winds and drier air can irritate the eyes while outdoors.
- Goggles: Not just because they look stylish and hip (which they do!) Wear sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of UV light, especially when the ground is covered in snow. People forget the sun is just as bright when reflected by the snow as it is when glinting off the ocean and beach, leading to sunburned eyes. High-quality, UV-blocking sunglasses can prevent this and reduce exposure to the wind and cold.
- Indoor Heat: Heat or air circulation from a fire or heater can cause dryness and irritation of the eye. It is annoying and sometime painful. Try sitting farther away from heat sources and use artificial tears or a humidifier to alleviate dryness.
- Contact Lens: Contact lens wearers should limit their outdoor exposure and use artificial tears frequently. Soft contact lenses, in particular, are like little sponges. They need lots of moisture. If they start to dry out, they can change shape and stick to the eye, becoming painful and cloudy.
- Eye cream: Use a good eye cream to protect the delicate eye area especially during the winter months… day and night.
These simple adjustments will help protect your eyes all winter long, but we must remember that the best way to preserve our vision is to take good care of our eyes no matter what season it is or what we are doing.
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