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6 winter eye health tips

January 11, 2023
5 minutes
Personal Health
Seasonal health

Winter is a fun and exciting season. Between holidays, family gatherings, and outdoor fun, it’s essential to take care of yourself and your general wellness. However, one of the most important health factors we often tend to overlook is our eye health. 

Optical health is always important, but it’s even more crucial to focus on during the winter season. With colder and drier weather, our eyes can react differently and experience irritation. This can not only cause distractions but impair your vision as well. 

Next time you get ready to spend an extended period of time outdoors or have a social gathering, consider these essentials to help better your eye health. 

Utilize Eye Drops

Eye drops can be a lifesaver during colder weather. Unfortunately, during this time of the year, eyes can become red and dry. When your eyes experience this kind of irritation, it can be a huge inconvenience and can even cause difficulty with your vision. 

Having eye drops available in your purse, pocket, or work bag can be a game changer. Especially when you factor in the irritation that your eyes can get from looking at digital screens, eye moisturizing is crucial. 

Depending on the level of irritation or impairment you experience, eye drops may help. Some have extra hydrating qualities to help make the effects last longer, whereas others focus specifically on combating redness and itchiness or enhancing clarity. 

Prioritize Sleep

It may sound self-explanatory, but getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best things you can do for your eye health and overall wellness in general. Many may struggle with getting enough sleep, especially during this time of year. However, it’s important to get enough rest in order to keep yourself in good health. 

Maintaining a good sleep schedule is key to both maintaining and improving your health. Your eyes need just as much rest as the other parts of your body.

Being properly rested can help reduce some of the day-to-day irritations your eyes may experience. For example, eye twitching or redness can occur due to lack of sleep. Although it may be difficult during the busy winter season, your body will thank you for prioritizing rest and relaxation.

Use Anti-Fog Lens Spray

If you usually wear eyewear, you know that foggy lenses are all too common this time of year. Additionally, wearing a mask can add an additional cloudiness to your glasses. Trying to prevent your lenses from fogging up can be a challenge, but luckily there are ways to help keep your vision clear and crisp. 

Anti-fog lens spray is a great item to keep on you this time of year. Whether you experience fogging from a change in temperature or from wearing a mask with your glasses, this essential can help minimize any distractions that may be caused by your lenses blurring up.

It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing eyeglasses or sunglasses, it’s important to take precautions to keep glasses from fogging if and when wearing a mask. Consider investing in an anti-fog protectant as this can benefit both your sight and extend the life of your lenses. This handy essential also helps to prevent any blurs or spots on your eyewear, ensuring that your vision is crystal clear. 

Be Conscious of Pre-Existing Conditions

When you already have trouble with your vision or are visually impaired, winter can be a trying time for optimizing your eye health. With the additional dryness and irritation you can experience during this season, it's crucial to keep your eyes both healthy and hydrated.

Our eyes can often play tricks on us when they face different conditions, which is why it's important to be conscious and aware of your surroundings. Using contrasting colors to help with definition can make a huge difference in noticing and searching for objects.

Additionally, having a magnifying glass or labeling items with a larger font can be a huge help for you during this time of year. Many everyday objects often contain small and hard-to-read lettering on their labels, so having one of these solutions handy and available to use can be a lifesaver whether you're at home or in a grocery store.

Incorporate a Healthy Diet

Having a healthy diet can play a huge role in benefitting your eye health. Your eyes give you the opportunity to witness amazing things, so you want to make sure you’re taking good care of them. Luckily, there are many seasonal fruits and vegetables you can incorporate into your diet to help improve your eye health. 

Foods such as carrots, salmon, and kale all have nutritious properties that benefit your eye health directly. For example, carrots contain ingredients that help boost the Vitamin A in our bodies, which positively impacts vision. 

Salmon is another great option to help benefit your eye health. Many fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are extremely beneficial when it comes to maintaining healthy eyes. 

Wash Your Hands

It’s almost impossible not to hear about the importance of keeping clean hands, especially during the winter. Unfortunately, viruses, such as the common cold and flu, are much more prevalent during this season – and it’s often hard to avoid coming in contact with someone who’s experiencing symptoms. Especially if you’re in a school, office, or public setting. 

All too often, we touch the areas around our eyes—most of the time without even realizing we’re doing it. For many, it’s just a habit. However, the eyes are an entryway into the body, and germs can be transmitted simply by touching or rubbing your eyes with dirty hands. 

Remember to wash your hands frequently throughout the day, especially if you’re going to touch your face. With the dry weather, you may also want to look into a nice hand lotion to pair with this ritual. This will assure your skin is clean and hydrated during the cold weather. 

For many, winter is an extremely fun season, and you want to experience it in the best way possible. Although the weather may not be kind to your eye health, there are many preventative measures you can take to help. 

Taking time to remember to wash your hands, rest, eat healthily, and keep extra preventative gear on hand can help make these moments much brighter and clearer for you to remember. 

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