Winter dry eyes
Did you know that going in and out of cold winds and central heating areas causes big issues in your eyes?
It will leave them feeling dry and itchy. This is due to the lack of moisture in the air.
You may even experience pain or blurred vision when your eyes are dehydrated.
Use eye drops to help reduce this irritation, increase your liquid intake, and stay hydrated.
The winter weather may look all dark and sunless; however, rain puddles, snowfall, ice and the sun sitting lower in the sky means the UV light reflects off many surfaces.
Make sure you protect your eyes by wearing sunglasses, even if it’s snowing!
Digital square eyes
We tend to spend more time indoors and on our digital devices or watching TV. Prolonged use of the screens will cause headaches and tired eyes. It also causes us to blink less, which keeps our eyes from producing tears, which can cause pain and redness.
Many opticians, including Visions Express, Specsavers and Boots, advise we practice the 20-20-20 rule, for every 20 minutes of screen time, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
This can help reduce eye strain and keep your vision from deteriorating.
Lighting your home or office space
The amount of natural light is significantly lower during these months, and we rely on light bulbs more!
Poor lighting can cause unnecessary eye problems.
Try to get as much natural light as possible by opening blinds and curtains. If you rely on lamps and bulbs, try to use warmer tones and shade the light so it’s not shining directly into your eyes.
If you are concerned about your eye health this winter, book an eye test at one of our local opticians.
Visions Express specialise in, eye tests and screening, contact lens check-up and free contact lens trial, and lens add-ons, including blue light filter and polarised sunglasses.
They will also do children’s eye rests and OCT 3D eye scans and can repair glasses.
Specsavers offers eye health services, including eye tests for adults and children, home eye tests, OCT 3D scanning, contact lens services and remote care for people who might not be able to visit the store.
Boots Opticians provide NHS eye tests, free contact lens trials, glasses and sunglasses, and opticians’ advice on looking after your eyes.
Don’t hesitate to see an optician about your eyes; the sooner you get them looked at, the sooner you can get advice and mend any issues.