Winter proof your eyes
Eyes need protection during the colder months. Here are a few ways you can combat the effects of the colder weather on your eyes.
Winter Eye Care Tips
- HeatingCold Winter winds and central heating can play havoc with your eyes leaving them feeling more sensitive, dry, gritty, and sore - especially at the end of the day when symptoms are often at their worst. Beat dry eyes this winter by reducing the setting on your central heating if possible and avoiding car heaters, particularly at face level. Alternatively you could try using a humidifier in areas with indoor heating, as it is the heat which tends to dry the moisture in the air and cause irritation and dryness in your eyes.
- Wear sunglasses. Don’t put away your sunglasses just yet! Sunglasses provide valuable protection for your eyes all year-round, not just in the hot summer months. The winter sun may not shine as bright or feel as warm, but its harmful UV rays can still reach your eyes. In addition, sunlight reflected by snow can lead to sunburned eyes; another reason to make sure your sunglasses and snow goggles block 100% of UV rays.
- Party season and make up Winter celebrations are fun reasons to put on a little extra or special makeup. But be careful – never share make-up or make-up brushes. Another person’s germs may be hazardous to you and it is an easy way to pick up a bacteria or virus!
- A good diet Cutting back on your coffee consumption and using eye drops can also help reduce symptoms of dry eye. Leafy greens provide vital nutrients to help keep your eyes healthy, so now that salad days are over make sure you eat plenty of good green winter veg like kale, chard and spinach.
- Winter colds and flu Respiratory infections such as common colds and flu can inflame your conjunctiva (the clear membrane that covers the whites of your eyes) leaving your eyes feeling sore and irritated. Help prevent cross infection from bacteria in coughs and colds by washing your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes.
- Contact Lenses Talk with your eye care provider if you feel your contacts becoming dry. He or she may suggest rewetting drops or another solution to help keep your contacts moist.
- Eye Testing Winter is also a great time to get your sight tested as poor light conditions can mean your eyes have to work harder, making them more susceptible to fatigue and eye strain.
What To Use for Winter eye care
Murine has a range of products to meet the needs of people suffering from the various symptoms of dry eyes. Check out our product range or try our symptom checker to see which is the right product for you.