We all know the importance of eye protection during the Summer, but many don’t realize that eye protection is important all year long. Both warm weather and cold weather conditions can cause eye problems and make existing conditions worse.
We’ve put together a list of easy ways to prevent eye problems both inside and outside, helping you to keep your eyes moist and healthy.
From the cold and dry winter air outside, to continually circulating heat inside, or hot blowing air outside during summer, changing conditions can quickly dry out your eyes making them irritated, blurry, and itchy. If you already suffer from dry eyes - a chronic condition that inhibits your body’s natural ability to produce tears - not protecting your eyes can make problems even worse.
Eye drops - or artificial tears - are a cheap, easy, and safe way to replenish the moisture in your eyes. You can purchase preservative-free eye drops from any of our locations, or online on our website!
If your dry eyes continue, make an appointment to see your local eye doctor who can make further recommendations or refer you to an eye care clinic.
Harsh winter or summer temperatures often mean staying inside with the heater or air-con blasting. But the constant air circulation in close proximity can leave your eyes dry, irritated, and red. Placing a humidifier in your home puts moisture back into the air to combat dry and irritated eyes before it happens! If you can only place it in one location, we like bedside!
Turn The Heat Down & Away From Your Face
If you’re running the heat or air-con constantly, dry and irritated eyes can become more of a problem. If you can, turn off the blowing air occasionally to give your eyes a break. Make sure all of the vents in your home and in your car are directed away from your eyes.
Wear UVA/UVB Sunglasses (Even On Cloudy Days)
Protection for your eyes while outdoors means shielding them from the direct impact of fast-moving and dry air. It’s a good idea to always wear sunglasses while outside, even on cloudy days, as the sun’s UVA & UVB rays are very bad for your eyes and can lead to Keratosis (inflammation of the cornea).
Exposing your eyes to the sun’s full ultraviolet light can cause eye symptoms that may include red eyes, itchiness, and soreness. Prolonged exposure to unprotected ultraviolet light is also linked to several other conditions including cataracts and glaucoma.
Wear Eye Protection During Winter & Summer Sports
Always wear eye protection while performing sports or other outdoor activities where there is fast-moving air blowing directly into your face and eyes. Get yourself a good pair of polarized goggles with polycarbonate lenses for any sport or activity you are doing outside.
Drinking enough water is important for the proper functioning of every part of the body, and your eyes are no exception. Dehydration accelerates dry eyes leading to redness, soreness, and irritation.
Give Your Eyes A Break!
If you’re watching more hours of Netflix than ever, make sure you take frequent breaks to give your eyes a rest. Research has shown that too many hours of screen time has negative effects on your vision including increased eye strain and damage to eye tissue. We also blink less when we’re watching our screens resulting in faster evaporation of eye fluids.
Visit Your Local Optometrist
Protection for your eyes includes regular visits to your eye doctor who will take you through a comprehensive eye exam to ensure your eyes are healthy and note any warning signs or changes to your vision. Your optometrist can assess and diagnose any eye problems you have and recommend solutions.
If you would like any more information on how to protect your eyes or want to schedule a check-up and examination, call us today or book your appointment online. Prairie Eye Care wants all of our readers and patients to have the tools and resources available to ensure good eye health all year round!