November is officially here which means winter weather is on its way which can negatively affect your eye health. It is common for people to get sick during the winter, but your vision is at risk as well. It is critical that you and your children go through the proper steps to protect your eyes during the winter months so you can prevent dry eyes and potential UV damage. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to protect your whole family’s eyes this winter season so you can continue to have superior eye health.
Prevent Dry Eyes
It is common for cold, dry air to blow into your eyes during the winter causing your eyes to lose moisture and become extremely irritated. Cold winter air can cause you to have blurry vision and make you want to shut your eyes. It is helpful to have moisturizing eye drops on hand to prevent dry eyes during the winter. You should also invest in a humidifier to improve the dryness of the air in your home. Make sure to avoid sitting in front of heat sources such as the vents in your car.
Even though it is much colder in the winter and there is an increase in clouds, it is still critical to wear sunglasses when you are outside. Ultraviolet rays can harm your eyes years around especially when they bounce off the snow. You should wear sunglasses whenever you are outside specifically driving from place to place. Exposure to UV rays is linked to eye problems such as cornea damage and cataracts.
Don’t Forget Goggles
If your child plays winter sports such as snowboarding or hockey, it is vital that they wear goggles. Wearing goggles will protect your child from strong winds and debris that may fly into their face when they play outdoors. The last thing you want is someone or even nature damaging your child’s eyes.
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