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Tips To Protect Your Eyes during Winter

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Eyes are one of the most delicate parts of the body and are easily affected by environmental stress. Even during the colder months eyes can be exposed to as many harmful elements as during summers.

While winters main concern is protecting our bodies from the cold weather, we often forget that our eyes are also susceptible to the effects of winter. Winters can be very damaging to the eyes as the UV radiation increases due to the deflecting mechanism of snow.

The cold, dry winter air can evaporate the tear film that helps keep the eyes moisturized and clean.  This causes discomfort and a stinging sensation. The cornea can get sunburned due to the reflected UV rays from the snow. All this being said, here are a few of our top tips for eye protection during winters.

1.     Sunglasses

Sunglasses are not only a summer accessory but are also useful during winters. It is recommended to go for glasses that provide 100 % UVA and UVB protection as the radiation from the sun increases. Choose the right color for the altitude you are in. Reflection from the snow can cause a condition known as fuzzy eyes which can lead to other visionary issues such as retina damage and cataracts. Make sure to keep a pair of sunglasses with you whenever you head out of the house, even the slightest exposure to the high UV radiation can be harmful.

2.     Goggles

Although not the best of fashion statements, goggles are the best way to protect your eyes from winter damage. Do not miss out on the amazing winter sports opportunities, wearing goggles can protect your eyes from the extreme radiation at higher altitudes and also protect the tear film and prevent dry eyes. Make sure you are well equipped to protect your eyes from the snow, twigs, debris and other harmful elements while you are snowboarding or skiing. Eyes are very delicate and are easily affected by the harmful elements associated with winter sports.

3.     Eat Well

Our diet, especially in the winter season, plays a significant role in protecting our body from infections and viruses. The immune system of our body tends to be vulnerable to extreme weather conditions; hence it is necessary to boost immunity through a nutritious diet. Try to add foods that are rich in carotenoids and beta-carotene in your diet. Eating vitamin C and A rich foods also protect the eyes from free radical damage and prevent macular degeneration. Taking a multivitamin is also recommended for eye-protection.

Bottom Line

It is necessary to protect your eyes from the harmful environmental elements both during summers and winters. It is crucial to understand the effect that winters can have on our eyes and the illnesses associated with winter-sun exposure. Make sure you are following a combination of the tips mentioned above to get maximum protection.  Try to avoid going outdoors if it has snowed heavily and protect your eyes when you do need to go out. If you are doing outdoor work, opt for goggles.

Written by Total Focus

At Total Focus Optometry, we’ve spent the last 70 years building meaningful relationships with our patients and their families. From routine eye exams to contact lens fittings we offer our patients a variety of services to meet their eye care needs.

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