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Winter Eye Care Tips

Winter snow can be a beautiful sight for our eyes, but the cold weather can also cause many extra vision complications. Protect your eyes and keep them healthy this season with these tips for avoiding these wintertime eye issues:

Dry Eyes. Winter air in the midwest is often very dry, and even more so when we turn on heaters to warm up. If you notice your eyes becoming dry, itchy, or red, consider getting a humidifier for your home to alleviate the irritation.  You can also use artificial tear drops, which are available without a prescription

Difficult Contacts. The dry air can also make wearing contacts more difficult. Ask your ilumin doctor if it’s OK to use extra eye drops, or if there is another solution you can use to better moisten your contacts. Also make sure your backup glasses are up to date in case you need them!

UV damage. Some winter days are still quite sunny, and require UV protection just as much as a day at the beach. The reflection of sunlight off of a recent snowfall can also cause serious glare. Be sure to wear sunglasses on these days to not only protect your eyes, but also to ensure that you can still see properly.

Snow-related injuries. Snow in your eyes can sting, and ice chips can even be damaging. Be sure to wear protective goggles when playing winter sports or engaging in any other snow-related or physical activities that could cause damage. Also be sure to bundle up and shield your eyes as much as possible when going outside in a blizzard.

Infections. Conjunctivitis and other eye infections often spread during the winter. Be sure to wash your hands and avoid touching your eyes if possible. Also avoid sharing any products that come in contact with your eyes, like makeup brushes.

Lack of sleep. Not only will skipping out on sleep leave you tired the next day, but it can make your eyes drier. This is a busy time of year, but try to get enough rest to avoid adding to existing dryness.

Forgetting traveling necessities. If you’ll be traveling soon, be sure not to forget your glasses, contact solution, or anything you might need to properly care for your eyes. Make a list of everything you use daily or during a week, and be sure to double-check you’ve packed it all before you leave.

The new year is a great time to get your eyes checked as well! Update your prescription, get a new pair of glasses, and make sure your eyes are healthy and taken care of. At ilumin, we’re glad to help you out with all of those things.