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The cold weather doesn’t just affect the skin, but also the eyes. A combination of harsh winds and a significant drop in outdoor temperatures causes the blood vessels in the eyes and corneas to constrict. That’s the reason why our eyes feel a little uncomfortable during this time of the year. Fortunately, there are ways to protect them in this frigid weather.

Winter eye care dos and don'ts

Excel Eyecare OD PA, your local provider of eyeglass frames and contact lenses, shares the dos and don’ts you need to remember when it comes to taking care of your eyes this winter.

DO: Keep Eye Drops With You

Dry eyes are a common problem for many individuals during the winter, characterized by itching, soreness, and a burning sensation. The quickest and most effective way to alleviate the symptoms of dry eye is to use artificial tears. They offer instant relief by lubricating and maintaining moisture in the outer part of your eyes. Keep a bottle with you wherever you go out during cold weather.

DON’T: Forget Eye Exams

Winter can take a serious toll on your eyes. To keep them healthy, be sure to put eye health exams on your schedule. Most adults age 20 to 39 should visit their optometrist for a complete eye exam every two to three years. The older you are, the more frequently your eyes need to be checked often.

DO: Use a Humidifier

Running your furnace or heat pump is essential during the colder months, but that also means drying out the indoor air. This, too, can cause your eyes to feel irritated. In some cases, you may experience blurry vision and have difficulty reading or seeing far objects. Consider investing in a humidifier to bring moisture back into your indoor environment.

DON’T: Expose Yourself to Direct Heat Too Much

It might be tempting to put yourself in front of the heater to keep you warm. Overexposure to direct heat, however, can be bad for your overall health, especially your eyes. Apart from dry, irritated eyes, it can lead to long-term damage to your eyes’ lens. Make sure to keep a distance between you and the heater of at least 10 feet.

Turn to Excel Eyecare OD PA for the eye care needs of you and your family. We offer LipiFlow treatment for dry eye diseases, LASIK eye surgery consultation, and more. Call us at (980) 399-6071 or fill out our 

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