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Six tips to winterize your eyes

Winter is here, and that means that common eye issues — dry eyes, watery eyes, itchy eyes — are back, too. This week we’re sharing six tips to “winterize” your eyes, and get them ready for and protected from the cold air.

1. The right pair of sunglasses

We normally think of sunglasses as summer approaches, but they’re just as important during the winter months, particularly because of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Glare can be particularly bad in the winter months in snowy locales, and sunglasses prevent eye stress from squinting in bright light. If you need the right pair, ilumin has your back.

2. Run a humidifier

We use them when we have a cold, but they’re also a great treatment for dry and watery eyes in the winter. The ideal humidity level for healthy eyes and skin is around 45 percent. Put the humidifier next to your bed or get one for your home that distributes moisture throughout the house.

3. Use eye drops

Start using eye drops the moment your eyes feel dry. Keeping the eyes moist is particularly important in winter, and the ilumin staff can recommend eye drops that will work best for your eyes and the local conditions.

4. Get out your favorite water bottle

Hydration is a big way to keep your eyes healthy. Aim to consume half your body weight in water each day. For example, a person who weighs 160 pounds should consume 80 ounces of water daily.

5. Wash your hands

We’re all washing our hands more these days. It’s important to remember to wash your hands before you touch your eyes to prevent the spread of viruses and bacteria. Germs from your hands can quickly get into your eyes, causing itching and irritation.

6. Break out your glasses

Finally, give your contacts a rest. Dry eyes can make wearing contact lenses uncomfortable, particularly in the winter months. Glasses may be more comfortable, and glasses with photocromic lenses will protect your eyes from the winter sun.

Need help for any of the above eye concerns, have questions about dry eye treatment or just need someone to take a look at your eyes this winter? The ilumin team is ready to help you.