5 Eye Specialist Tips To Protecting Your Eyes During Winter

Posted on Thursday, November 27th, 2014 by Dr. Thomas Marvelli

If you are someone who adores winter sports and anything that has to do with snow, you are probably ecstatic at the thought of the coming season. However, before you rush off to buy winter apparel, our Fort Worth laser eye surgeon would like to inform you that you should make your eyes your first priority.

If you find yourself considering LASIK or any other eye surgery in the winter, please contact us to set up a consultation with Dr. Marvelli. Dr. Marvelli will create a custom eye-care plan for you so that you can avoid eye issues this winter.

A lot of people think that the winter season is easy on the eyes. Most of us are not aware that ultraviolet rays can cause more damage during winter. If you reside in an area that has snow, please keep in mind that ultraviolet rays reflect light better off this particular surface area. Therefore, it is important to protect your eyes zealously during the winter season. Here are a few tips to keep your eyes in the best shape during the colder months.

Use Protective Eyewear

People consider eyewear as accessories, and a good number are unaware that a pair of sunglasses is the difference between healthy vision and sunburned or damaged eyes. Tears often evaporate when exposed to cold temperature. This can cause dry and itchy eyes, which one may mistakenly attribute to allergies. Rubbing the area can cause even more damage, which is why eyewear is a must.

Please note that aside from shielding your eyes to protect them from vision damage, the right eyewear can minimize irritation around the eyes, which are caused by the cold weather and harmful wind. Wraparound glasses are not only fashionable but can also protect this sensitive area from the elements.

Hats And Hoodies Can Do Wonders

If you live in a cold climate where it snows, you will need something to keep your head warm. Most people prefer wide brimmed hats and hooded jackets, as they provide a cocoon of warmth during winter treks outdoors. These can shield your eyes from the extreme cold, while providing your head and torso with warmth.

Buy A Humidifier

Most of us rely heavily on indoor heating systems during the cold winter months. This allows us to stay comfortable and warm. Sadly, most people are unaware that these heating systems dry out the air. This will cause red, irritated and itchy eyes. Instead of giving in to the temptation and rubbing them, which can cause further damage, purchase a humidifying system instead.

By buying a humidifier, you can keep your eyes healthy. It will also come in handy during the hotter months, as you will need to turn on your air conditioning system to keep the heat at bay. This can also dry the air and lead to the same problem.

Stock Up On Eye Drops

Dry air, low temperatures and harsh wind are the leading causes of red and itchy eyes. This problem may seem trivial. However, when you begin to rub them, you could damage the sensitive membranes and cause permanent damage. Eye drops improve lubrication, making them a must-have for the winter season. You can use them indoors and during treks outdoor. People who plan to indulge in winter sports should have a bottle handy.

Stay Hydrated

The cold air can trick us into thinking that we do not need to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day. Thus, many people drink less than the required amount of fluids. Hydration starts from within. Therefore, if you are dehydrated, it can affect your eyes as well. Make sure you drink enough water to keep your moisture level normal.

Your eyes need extra attention during the winter season. If you have any concerns, visit an eye specialist Fort Worth patients can trust. Contact the Marvel Eye Center today! 817-346-7333

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