Chapped lips, dry skin and freezing temperatures are just some of the most common problems people face during winter. However, your eye doctor will also tell you that cold days can have an effect on your eyes as well. That’s why it’s important to take precautions to protect your eyes much like you cover up the rest of your body to shield against the cutting cold of a Virginia winter.
Burning sensations, sensitivity to light and irritation can be a result of exposing your eyes to the season’s weather. Thankfully, there are steps you can take to keep your eyes safe against these common eye problems. Follow these tips from our doctors at Vienna Eyecare Center to make sure your eyes do not develop problems resulting from the cold.
Reflective polarized eyeglasses are essential during wintertime especially when there’s white snow all around you. The snow can reflect much of the sun’s harmful UV rays, which is why it’s very important to protect your eyes with sunglasses during this time of the year. Make it a habit to wear sunglasses even on cloudy days because UV rays are still present even if you don’t actually see the sun.
Taking it a step further from sunglasses are protective winter goggles. Goggles keep your eyes shielded against the cold air which could dry out your eyes. They’re also effective against snow and ice which could cause some irritation. UV-reflective goggles are best to help protect you from both freezing temperatures and ultraviolet rays.
While sunglasses and goggles are recommended by your optometrist to stay safe outdoors, it’s all about avoiding dry eye symptoms indoors. Invest in a humidifier to keep the air inside your home from drying out and causing problems on your skin and your eyes.
At Vienna Eyecare Center, we can help you care for your eyes any time of the year. Give us a call at (703) 938-7633 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation today. We serve patients in Vienna, Reston, McLean, and other neighboring areas in VA.