How Winter Can Affect Your Eyes
There are various things in life that can affect the health and well-being of your eyes. One of these things—unbeknownst to many—is the cold. Cold weather can cause a number of different conditions as far as your eyes are concerned. It’s important to educate yourself and make sure that your eyes are protected throughout the lengthy Canadian winter. At Eye Expressions, we care about the safety of your eyes. Let our experts, Dr. Jade and Dr. Dave, share some tips on how winter can influence your eyes.
Over-producing tears is a common problem when the weather outside gets cold. Biting winds, cold air and seasonal allergies are all culprits that can cause your eyes to tear up on a near constant basis. Generally speaking, you can determine the cause by observing when your symptoms occur most often. For example, if your eyes only tear up when you’re outside during the snowy season, it’s likely being caused by the cold wind and can be taken care of by wearing a simple pair of sunglasses. If it only happens indoors, it’s likely your eyes overcompensating for dry air. Consult an eye doctor in Lloydminster to find out more.
On the other end of the spectrum, dry eyes are also a common issue during the winter. Cold winds and low humidity can cause your eyes to dry out very easily. Be sure to stay hydrated and try using a humidifier or eye drops if you find that this becomes a recurring problem when the weather gets cold.
Sunglasses aren’t just for summer. Freshly fallen snow can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays right back into your eyes. If you don’t protect yourself, this could become a serious problem for your eye health. UV rays can cause serious damage to your cornea; so what can you do to protect your eyes? Wear sunglasses! A pair of sunglasses equipped with UV protection is perfect to keep your eyes safe from the sun’s harmful rays this winter.
Along with dryness and tearing, the cold weather can also cause eye inflammation and redness. Use drops or apply a cold compress to reduce the swelling and you’ll be good to go in no time!
For an eye exam in Lloydminster, make an appointment with Dr. Dave or Dr. Jane. Need a new pair of glasses or sunglasses? Be sure to swing by Eye Expressions optical for the best selection of frames in town. Visit us here for more information regarding our services and staff.