During the cold winter months, your eyes need a different kind of eye care than at other times of year. Freezing temperatures and biting winds coupled with central heating and glaring low winter sun means winter can cause havoc to eye health.
Here are the top five winter eye health tips to make sure your eyes stay in top condition this season.
The best care you can provide for your eyes, and in turn increasing your general eye health, is to book a sight test appointment with your local optician to get a clear evaluation of the state of your eyes. Make eye health a priority by having frequent eye check-ups with your optician. Eye tests are a great way of determining whether you need glasses or not, establishing the overall health of your eyes and detecting other health conditions that may otherwise go unnoticed.
You may not associate sunglasses with winter, but it’s actually important to wear them all year round. During the winter months, the sun can be very bright and is lower in the sky. It can also reflect off snow, burning the cornea in extreme cases. Avoid eye strain and invest in a quality pair of sunglasses that meet EU standards and filter UVA and UVB rays is a great step towards good winter eye health. If you’re going skiing, be sure to buy good quality goggles designed especially for use winter sports.
Some people love to sparkle, but it’s best to try and avoid wearing glittery eye shadow on your eyes. The tiny particles can easily enter the eye and begin causing vision problems becoming an irritation or even an infection. The same goes for novelty contact lenses; the sale of novelty lenses is bad news for eye care. Novelty lenses are currently unregulated in the UK, and there have been cases of people damaging their cornea while wearing the lenses.
Having central heating constantly cranked up to high can cause a negative impact on your eye health. Eyes often become dry and uncomfortable. To combat this, use a humidifier in areas of the home which are particularly warm. This will ensure there is some moisture in the air, even when the heating is on.
Conjunctivitis occurs due to a lapse in eye care or allergies. The eye infection can occur at any time of year, but you can prevent the spread of the infection – and protect yourself from it – by washing your hands frequently throughout the day. Avoid touching your eyes, too.
Following the above tips will help keep your eyes healthy even in the coldest weather. A healthy diet is also recommended to help with your eye health. Foods like green, leafy vegetables, and oily fish contain some excellent nutrients, which can help ward off age-related eye problems. And remember your lifestyle plays an important part too in eye health so quitting smoking will be beneficial to good eye health.
Here’s to a clearer, brighter future.