How to look after your eyes this winter

Friday, 18 November 2016
How to look after your eyes this winter

Fight the freeze this winter and keep your eyes safe with Feel Good's Top Tips.

As we edge closer to Christmas and the end of the year, cold weather has inevitably hit the country like a freight train. While it’s hard to believe that it’s not even technically winter yet, the weather is only going to get colder as the nights grow longer. Keeping warm is a necessity, so we’ll all be making sure to wrap up warm in our coats, scarves and gloves. However, you’ll also need to remember to protect your eyes from the elements. 

Feel Good have compiled this blog of things to look out for, and tips to keep your eyes safe this winter. 

Dry eyes

Windy weather places your eyes in much more danger of drying out and losing moisture than in other conditions. Having irritated and dry eyes can be very uncomfortable, and even painful. It’s not just the strong winds that can trigger this, as closed windows and heating in the home create an environment in which your eyes are more likely to dry out. 

One thing you can do to prevent your eyes from drying out is to drink lots of water in order to stay hydrated. In addition, putting a humidifier in your home can help to neutralise the effects of heating that can pose a threat to your eyes. Eye drops are ideal for moisturising your eyes, providing some relief to the symptoms of dry eye.

If you wear contact lenses, it might be better to opt for lenses that provide a higher level of moisture than most standard lenses do. Some of the best-selling lenses on the market that offer this are the 1 Day Acuvue Moist

A Burning Sensation

Keeping your eyes fully open can actually be quite difficult in some of the unkind wintry conditions. By trying even harder to keep your eyes open, you can cause some harm to your eyes and potentially even freeze your cornea. This is highly uncomfortable and can result in eyelid spasms, light sensitivity and blurred vision.  

By wearing UV-protected sunglasses when out and about, you can avoid this unpleasant experience. 

You should make sure to get your eyes checked out by your GP as soon as possible if they do experience a burning sensation.  

Excessive Tearing 

Dry eyes aren’t the only problem caused by the cold and windy weather; excessive tearing is also a common issue at this time of year. Eyes become watery, and as such suffer from blurred vision. This is dangerous for a variety of reasons, and is also very uncomfortable for you going about your day. 

Fortunately, again this can be avoided by wearing sunglasses when you’re out. Also, a soft and hygienic cloth should be used when wiping away the excess tears, so that germs don’t spread and you don’t irritate your eyes further.  

Red and Swollen Eyes

Swelling of the eyes is very uncomfortable, and unfortunately is much more common place during the winter months and their adverse weather. Eyes can swell as a result of the blood vessels in the tissues constricting. Typical issues relating to swollen eyes include blurred vision, excessive tearing and eyelid spasms. 

Again, UV-protected sunglasses can do the trick, and can keep your eyes safe from harm even when the weather is cold and its bright outside. In the case of persistent symptoms, it is highly recommended that you visit your GP as soon as possible. 

This winter, take Feel Good’s advice and keep your eyes safe from any harm. We hope this guide has been helpful for you, and for any other questions you may have please contact our in-house customer service team at Feel Good Contact Lenses. 
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