As winter steadily approaches and the days get shorter, eye health has never been more important. For many people, eye health isn’t usually at the top of the list, but it should definitely be a priority.
Here are some top tips on keeping your eyes bright and healthy during the winter months.
Keep your eyes moisturised
We all have a natural tendency to neglect our eyes during the winter months, especially with the cold winter winds and central heating playing havoc with our eyes. It’s important that you keep your eyes hydrated when temperatures start to plummet. Dehydrated eyes can cause uncomfortable symptoms, leaving them dry, gritty, and sore. If you work from home or in a heated office environment, the heat can cause your eyes to become dry and irritated.
Invest in some quality eye drops to keep your eyes moist and reduce irritation. You can also minimise symptoms by keeping yourself hydrated, reducing the setting on your central heating and protecting your eyes from cold winds and heaters, particularly at face level, like in a car, for example.
Wear your sunglasses
Sunglasses aren’t just for the summer months.
In fact, they can be worn all year round to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Snowfall, ice and the sun sitting lower in the sky can create reflective surfaces that can dramatically increase the amount of bright light your eyes are exposed to.
Unfortunately, some people can develop new light sensitivity during winter due to a condition known as snow blindness (photokeratitis) where the UV glare from snow, water or other bright surfaces can cause the cornea to become inflamed. Whilst UV400 sunglasses can protect your eyes with the highest level of protection, you may also want to consider polarised lenses.
Monitor your screen usage
We naturally spend more time indoors during the winter months, but that doesn’t mean that your screen usage should increase. As tempting as it can be to spend more time scrolling on your phone, watching endless hours of TV or turn to gaming, remember to take regular breaks, especially if you work on a computer screen all day. Remember, the more time we spend looking at screens for an extended period of time, the more likely we are to blink less which can cause dry, irritated eyes and even pain and redness.
As a way forward, practice the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds. This will help reduce any discomfort from digital eye strain and prevent your vision from deteriorating.
Wear your glasses
If you wear contact lenses, you might notice that they cause irritation during the winter months which is perfectly normal.
Lighting is important
As the nights draw closer, lighting is even more important during the winter months with natural light becoming significantly lower.
Poorly lit conditions can cause unnecessary eye strain, redness and headaches – all of which can be prevented with the correct lighting.
When choosing lighting in your home for the winter months, consider the following:
- Opt for warm light bulbs to create a more natural feel in your home.
- Ensure you have multiple light sources in a room without relying on a bright overhead light.
- Shade any bulbs so that they do not shine directly into your eyes.
Still concerned about your eye health?
If you have any concerns about your eyes or you’re due a check-up, book an eye test at your local D.I Blow Opticians branch with us today. Our team are there to help.