When it comes to vision, cold weather brings some challenges, especially for people who deal with chronic issues such as itchy or dry eyes. Aiken Ophthalmology wants to ensure your winter vision health. Here are some tips for proper eye care in cold weather.
Keep moisture in: Winter brings very dry air, which makes it difficult to produce tears and prevent dry eyes. Also, be sure to keep your distance from heat sources such as space heaters. They produce warm, dry air that can lead to dry, itchy eyes. Using a humidifier in your home also can help. Many times, over-the-counter rewetting drops will help. If dry, itchy eyes persist, though, one of the five eye doctors at Aiken Ophthalmology will be happy to screen you and make sure you get the appropriate prescription eye drops.
Take a break from the electronics: Many people spend more than enough time looking at computer, tablet and cellphone screens because of their jobs every day. Then, on cold evenings, it’s easy to stay inside and watch TV or find entertainment on your phone. This is not good for winter vision health. Whenever possible, observe the 20-20-20 rule: For every 20 minutes of screen time, look at something at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Wear your sunglasses: Just because it’s not hot outside doesn’t mean the sun won’t harm your vision. UV rays from the sun can be harmful to your eyes anytime you are outside. Aiken Ophthalmology has prescription and nonprescription sunglasses in a variety of styles from top designers, including Ray-Ban, Nike, Gucci and Oakley.
If the cold weather is bothering your eyes, schedule an appointment with Aiken Ophthalmology. With offices in Aiken and North Augusta and five ophthalmologists, it’s convenient to ensure proper eye care in cold weather.