Cold weather outdoors and warm and dry air inside our homes can be hard on your eyes during the winter months. Here are two great ways to keep your eyes comfortable:
Moisturize your eyes. Outdoor and indoor air can get quite dry in the winter months, making it difficult for your eyes to produce tears. As a result, you may suffer from red and/or itchy and uncomfortable eyes. Humidifiers can help, as can eye drops. When you are outside or away from home, carry moisturizing eye drops with you. If dryness is a problem that over-the-counter eye drops cannot resolve, ask us whether prescription drops are right for you. There are a wide variety of eye drop options to help soothe red and itchy eyes.
Wear sunglasses outdoors. The sun can be especially hard on your eyes during the winter, especially when there’s snow. Wearing sunglasses while you drive or when you’re outside can help protect your vision from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Invest in a quality pair specifically designed to provide UV eye protection, ideally with a rating of UV400 or higher that will block 99.9% of UV rays. Consider polarized sunglasses to reduce glare. If you frequently participate in outdoor winter sports, invest in a quality pair of eye goggles. We can help you determine which type of protective eyewear is right for you.
Utah Eye Centers is the leading provider of vision care along the Wasatch Front. Our mission is to provide each patient with a successful experience through personalized patient care and extraordinary service. We have convenient locations in Bountiful, Ogden, Orem and Salt Lake City, where our experienced doctors and staff offer comprehensive vision examinations.
Have a question about your eyes or want to make an appointment? Give us a call at (801) 476-0494. We look forward to seeing you!