Wintertime is all about brisk afternoons, chilly evenings, bundling up for snowy excursions or relaxing with hot cocoa by the fireplace. Your eyes need to be in tip-top shape to soak it in – the twinkling holiday lights, delicate snowflakes and scenic views.
But cold winter temperatures, dry air, biting wind and even indoor heat can make your eyes dry, red, and irritated, and can put a damper on wintertime enjoyment. So how can you prevent symptoms of dry eyes this winter?
We’ve got helpful tips to keep your eyes healthy, cheery and bright.
Understanding dry eyes
Simply put, it’s all about the quality and quantity of your tears. Your eyelids protect, clean and lubricate your eyeballs every time you blink. Your natural tears are actually a combination of fatty oils, mucus and water. These amazing liquids work together to keep your eyes in excellent working condition.
When your eyes get dry, that’s an indication that one of the three essential layers is off balance and either your tears are evaporating too quickly, or your eyes aren’t producing enough tears. Since environmental factors especially during the winter months can zap the air of moisture, dry eyes are more common during cold weather.
Close your eyes more often
It may sound too good to be true, but closing your eyes more often for longer periods of time can prevent symptoms of dry eyes. This is helpful if you’re in high altitudes or dry air. Closing your eyes for a few minutes throughout the day can keep them moist and prevent tears from evaporating too quickly. Just don’t blame us if your boss thinks you’re taking a nap.
Use Clear Eyes® eye drops
Even if your eyes feel fine, using artificial tears like Preservative Free Clear Eyes Pure Relief® for Dry Eyes can help them stay that way. If your eyes are well lubricated, you can stay ahead of dry eye symptoms. Lubricating drops, also known as artificial tears, augment your natural tears for daily moisturizing comfort, and Clear Eyes Pure Relief® for Dry Eyes has the added benefit of being Preservative Free, ideal for already sensitive eyes.
Bump up moisture in the air
Even when you’re indoors, the lack of humidity outside can still make your eyes extremely dry. You can add moisture by using a humidifier. Humidifiers add tiny droplets of water into the air that can make a big difference to your sensitive eyes. In higher altitudes like skiing destinations in the mountains, it’s not uncommon to find a humidifier in every room!
Water consumption & fatty acids
You should already know staying hydrated by drinking lots of water helps your eyes produce tears, but did you know your diet helps too? According to the American Optometric Association, essential fatty acids like omega-3s are beneficial for retinal function and overall eye health. These acids can be found in a variety of cooked fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, scallops and snapper and there are a variety of supplement options available for these key nutrients.