Most of us envision wintertime as a cold, wet season, but winter is actually the driest time of the year—for your eyes, that is. It’s during these months that hot indoor air and cold outdoor air causes dryness and irritation to eyes, perhaps even pain—and contact lens wearers are especially vulnerable to the wrath of winter eye dryness.
The key to good winter eye health for those who wear contact lenses is to properly maintain them during the winter months. This includes taking care of contacts and protecting your eyes from the elements. Ignoring what your eye doctor instructs you to do can result in eye pain, vision issues and discomfort in and around your eyes.
First, you want to make sure you are wearing the right contact lenses. An eye exam from a professional can let you know not only what prescription you require, but also if you should wear one-time-use contacts or a longer-term option. There are also contact lenses specifically made for individuals who suffer from dry winter eyes.
If you wear contact lenses in Cape Cod, here are some tips you will want to heed in order to keep your contact lenses well maintained during the winter months:
- Proper contact care: Listen carefully to the instructions given to you by your eye doctor, as cleaning your contact lenses properly can reduce your chances of contracting an eye infection this winter. Always be cautious when handling and cleaning contacts by washing your hands before and after touching both your eyes and your contact lenses.
- Replace contacts on time: Whether they need to be replaced daily, every other week or every month, you must be in tune to the type of contacts you have been prescribed. It is crucial that contact lenses be replaced on a regular schedule. Putting in a new pair on time will aid in offering wintertime eye comfort and reduce your chances of developing dry, irritated eyes.
- Keep eyes and contact lenses moist: Don’t just use tap water—use the right eye drops for your contact lenses and your level of eye dryness. Moisten with eye drops and wave goodbye to all kinds of eye discomfort!
- Protect your eyes: You need to protect your eyes from the sun glaring off of snow and from harsh, cold winds. If your eyes are hurting, then it will be unpleasant to put contacts in, or you might not even be able to wear them at all. Furthermore, wear protective eyewear when playing winter sports, or use a pair of ultraviolet (UV) blocking sunglasses or a brimmed hat when you have contacts in.
Other winter eye care tips that can help contact lens wearers get through the dry winter season include using a humidifier to distribute moisture into dry indoor environments, and drinking plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.
Maintaining contact lenses during the winter months is important if you want to keep your eyes healthy. Your future self is depending on your ability to make good decisions today! Plan a visit to Bayview Optometrics, your local optometrist, to learn more about quality contact lenses in Cape Cod.