Winter is here along with cold temperatures, dry air, and shorter days. As many of us pull out our thick warm coats to protect our body from the cold, we may forget that it is important to protect our eyes as well as the rest of our body. Some common complaints during winter months are dry eyes, teary eyes, tired eyes, and contact lens discomfort. Read below for a description of these issues and what you can do to keep your eyes comfortable.
Why are my eyes so dry during cold weather?
In the winter months there is a lack of moisture in the air and in your home due to heat sources. These two factors can cause your eyes to become dry and itchy. People with dry eyes can experience pain, swelling and blurred vision due to their eyes being dehydrated.
What causes my eyes to water when it’s cold outside?
Cold windy air is very drying to your eyes and skin. It can cause your eyes to become irritated which then leads to an increase in the production of tears. Teary eyes are your body’s way of protecting your eyes by lubricating them.
I notice that my eyes feel tired in the afternoon, why is that?
Winter days are shorter, which means we get less light from the sun and have darker days. Less light from the sun can make certain tasks more difficult for your eyes.
To avoid eye strain, make sure you are reading, writing, or working in a well-lit area.
Winter weather has most people wanting to hang out on the couch and binge watch their favorite shows—which can lead to digital eye strain. Prolonged tv viewing or screen usage can cause headaches in addition to tiredness to your eyes.
Harsh winds, freezing temperatures, and the lack of moisture in the air can wreak havoc on your eyes when wearing contact lenses. Simply choosing to wear glasses instead can be great protection for your eyes during winter months. However, if you are a devoted contact lover, alleviate dryness discomfort by using a contact-lens friendly lubricating eye drop.