As the colder weather sets in, it’s important to take extra care of your eyes. At Vision Center, LTD in Shelton, CT and Waterbury Eye Associates in Waterbury, CT, we want to share some tips to help you keep your eyes healthy during the winter season.
Protect your eyes from the sun and the snow
Sunglasses are important to wear year-round, not just during the summer months.
Snow and ice are reflective and can even cause snow blindness, a form of photokeratitis caused by the UV rays from the sun reflecting off the snow causing pain, eye redness, seeing halos, tearing, sensitivity to light, headache, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
Anti-reflection coating added to the sunglass lenses can help reduce the amount of glare from the winter sun, which provides added protection and comfort while driving.
It’s important to drink plenty of water to keep your eyes and the rest of your body hydrated. Dry air can cause your eyes to become dry and irritated, so make sure to drink plenty of water to help prevent this.
Take regular breaks from screens
Whether you work from home or simply spend more time inside during the winter, you will be spending time in front of a computer or mobile device. Spending long hours in front of screens can strain your eyes, so make sure to take regular breaks to give your eyes a rest. Try the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. This can help reduce eye strain and keep your eyes healthy.
Smoking is bad for your overall health, and it can also harm your eyes. Smoking increases your risk of developing cataracts, macular degeneration, and other eye conditions. If you smoke, now is a great time to quit and protect your eyes from the harmful effects of tobacco.
Get an eye exam
Even if you feel you don’t have any vision problems, it’s important to get regular eye exams. These exams can help catch any potential issues early on and allow for early treatment. At Vision Center, LTD and Waterbury Eye Associates, we offer comprehensive eye exams to help keep your eyes healthy.
We hope these tips help you keep your eyes healthy and happy during the winter season. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact us at Vision Center, LTD in Shelton, CT and Waterbury Eye Associates in Waterbury, CT. We’re here to help you take care of your eyes!