‘Tis the season’ for your eyes that is! Winter is here, and while you may be gearing up to take advantage of the family winter wonderland favorites or keeping cozy inside, don’t forget to take care of your eyes during the chilly season. Courtesy of our partners at VSP® Vision Care, here are five helpful tips to keep your eyes healthy during the winter.
This winter, keep your eyes clear and protected with these five helpful tips:
1. Wear Sunglasses with UV Protection
Protecting your eyes by wearing sunglasses or goggles during the winter is especially important. Snow on the ground magnifies the UV rays from the sun, making the exposure even stronger. This reflection can cause inflammation of the cornea called keratitis that makes the eyes red, sore and sensitive to light.
For ultimate protection, make sure you block sun rays by wearing sunglasses and goggles with 100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for ones labeled either UV400 or 100% UV protection.
2. Break From Digital Devices
During winter weather, many people tend to stay indoors, spending more time glued to the screens. Spending long periods of time staring at a screen can eventually affect your vision—causing digital eye strain, headaches and tired, drier eyes. Give your eyes a break by blinking more to regain moisture and looking at something 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, every 20 minutes.
3. Use a Warm Washcloth
Using a warm, damp compress assists with tear secretion for common dry eyes. By simply applying a warm washcloth on each eye for two to three minutes per eye, you can help your eyes create the moisture they need. This tip also helps sooth scratchy, irritated and swollen eyes and can be one of the best ways to quickly treat the symptoms of dry eyes.
4. Have a Humidifier
Using a humidifier is one of the best things you can do for dry eyes during the winter months. Bringing a humidifier into your home helps combat the dry indoor air that floods your home when you turn up the thermostat, and it can do wonders for dry, itchy eyes. When the air is too dry, your sinuses don’t function properly and can cause congestion, sinusitis and irritated eyes. Be sure to run your humidifier during the night, when your eyes are most vulnerable to dry conditions.
5. Get an Eye Exam
Suffering from dry, irritated, swollen, itchy eyes due to chilly winter weather can be frustrating. If you continue to struggle with the symptoms, visit your VSP Premier Practice for an eye exam and professional consultation.
This winter make your vision health a priority. If you haven’t already, take advantage of your COSE member benefit and opt-in to VSP Vision Insurance. Contact your COSE sales representative or broker for more info.