- Don’t leave home without your sunglasses. Although we sometimes think of winter months as dark and dreary, the snow that accompanies winter is a great reflector of UV rays. This gives your eyes two fronts that they have to protect themselves from the danger of ultraviolet radiation. So definitely bring your sunglasses along for your hikes or for when you’re out on the slopes. Using goggles with UV protection is also recommended.
- Bundle up with a scarf, brimmed hat or your favorite hooded jacket. The winds that hit your face during winter tend to be drier and are capable of seriously attacking the tear film that covers your eyes and serves as the first layer of protection.
2 Tips for indoor hibernators
- Beware of extra dry air in your home or office. Indoor heat generated by central heating units or even local space heaters tends to reduce the amount of moisture in your environment. Make sure to have moisturizing eye drops on hand to help your eyes keep their shine. Another great way to reduce dryness is to use a humidified to bring back the balance of moisture into your home. This is really important if you are wearing contact lenses.
- All the tips regarding a healthy diet for your eyes still apply during winter, but you should also pay extra attention that you are getting enough fluids. So definitely enjoy an extra bowl of soup and drink plenty of other fluids.
Bonus tip for the digital era
If it’s sunny where you live during winter - your eyes will be working extra hard fighting the rays reflecting from the snow. If you live in Alaska on the other hand - your eyes will be straining to utilize whatever light exists to guide you through your day. In either case, what you don’t need is to continue to stress your eyes while you’re working in your office.
- This is where ensuring you have proper illumination for today’s digital world. In recent years a lot of progress has been made in the area of desk lamps. Gone are the days of incandescent bulbs or worse yet cold fluorescent lighting. The latest lamps on the market come with LED technology capable of producing a full spectrum of light tones from warm to cool. The best ones are fitted with sensors to assess the environmental illumination and automatically provide the optimal lighting for your needs. One other key thing to look for is the area that they are actually capable of illuminating, you want to make sure that this is wide enough so that you don’t have any dead spots in your workspace. The bottom line is that investing in a quality lamp will pay off huge in the happiness of your eyes.
Last advice for you is: don’t fear the winter but embrace it and make sure to enjoy it. After all, spring is just around the corner.