In the winter, we wrap up warm to guard against the chill winds, and perhaps apply lip balm to soothe chapped lips. But did you know there are also measures we can take to protect our eyes? Try these winter eye protection tips to maintain healthy eyes when the weather is at its coldest.
The arid atmosphere of the cold winter air can leave you more susceptible to dry eyes. A humidifier in your home can make a big difference, ensuring that your eyes get adequate moisture, indoors at least. (If you can’t afford a humidifier, a great tip is to create a moist atmosphere by boiling hot water on the stove). If you are experiencing the symptoms of dry eyes, keeping them moist using artificial tear eye drops can help to alleviate your discomfort too.
As well as using the humidifier, protect your eyes by avoiding contact with sources of dry, hot air. If you suffer from hay fever or other allergic symptoms, buy a heater with a good quality air filter, to help keep the atmosphere allergen-free.
Sunglasses aren’t just for the summer! Despite the cold temperature in the winter months, the sun’s UV rays still have the power to cause damage to your eyes – even on a cloudy day. When choosing sunglasses, make sure yours are labelled as 100% UV-A and UV-B resistant. Wraparound style shades provide the best level of winter eye protection, and they look pretty good, too.
If you’re hitting the slopes this winter, your eyes will be vulnerable to specks of snow and debris as you hurtle along at high speed. The snow and ice also make your eyes more sensitive to the sun, as its UV rays are reflected by vast expanses of white landscape – and did you know that higher elevations actually increase the ratio of ultraviolet radiation in the atmosphere, due to the thinner air? Make sure you invest in some winter eye protection, in the form of UV-resistant goggles. These will also help ensure that your eyes don’t get too cold!
Winter eye protection isn’t always worn directly on the eyes. In harsh winter winds, hooded jackets and wide brimmed hats worn with your sunglasses or goggles can do their bit to protect your eyes from drying out.
Your diet affects every aspect of your body, including your eyes. By eating nutritiously, you can ensure that you are benefiting from vitamins and minerals that will help your vision and eye health. Foods like Brussels sprouts and other dark, leafy greens are particularly beneficial, as is the turkey from your Christmas dinner! If you are worried about your diet or wish to supplement it with extra nutrients, a multivitamin can ensure that you get your recommended daily allowance of all the essential vitamins and minerals.
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