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Dry Eye Tips for the Winter

Dealing with Dry Eye this Winter

Winter is quickly approaching, and with it comes lots of memories and time spent with the ones we love. However, winter also brings more susceptibility to getting sick. Many of us forget how the season can affect our eyes as well. Wichita Optometry offers a few helpful tips to help handle dry eye this winter.

Why Winter Affects Your Eyes

The temperature might be colder, but harmful UV rays pose a more significant threat because of ice and snow's reflective nature. It can also be harder to get your eyes open in frigid conditions, and as a result, your eyes may burn. Finally, and quite commonly, dry eye often occurs with decreasing temperatures because of reduced humidity. While dry eye isn't a severe eye condition, there are steps you can take so you're not feeling miserable until spring arrives.

How to Protect Your Eyes This Winter

Luckily, you can use a few simple tips to protect your eyes when it gets colder outside. Here are a few you can do right in the comfort of your own home.

  • Wear polarized sunglasses. These will cut the amount of glare from snow or ice that reaches your eyes. 
  • Use eye drops consistently. Whether you have prescription or over the counter drops, using them regularly during winter can help keep your eyes moist and feeling fine.
  • Stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of water nearby to help prevent dry eye
  • Blink more often. This is important to remember, especially if you have a job that requires you to be on a computer much of the day

Call Wichita Optometry for More Help with Dry Eye This Winter

Our eye doctor in Wichita, KS, is dedicated to keeping your eyes healthy, no matter what time of year it is. Make an appointment with us today before winter begins so you can enjoy the next few months as comfortable as possible. 


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