As the colder months of the year take hold, it’s not only our immune systems that need extra care and attention – our eyes are also at risk. The dry and cold air, combined with more time spent indoors in front of screens, can cause a range of issues that affect our vision and overall eye health. In this article, we’ll explore some of the common problems associated with winter eye health, and suggest some ways to alleviate these issues.
One of the most common issues during the winter months is dry eye syndrome. Dry eye occurs when the tear glands in the eyes don’t produce enough moisture, or more commonly, when they lose the moisture to the cold air, leading to irritation, redness, and even blurred vision. This condition can be exacerbated by the dry, cold air outside and the dry indoor heating systems that people use to keep warm. At Consett Eyecare, we offer Hycosan products that are free from preservatives and have superior moisturizing properties to help combat dry eye.
Another problem that many people experience during the winter months is digital eye strain. With more people working from home and spending longer hours on screens, the blue light emitted by electronic devices can cause eyestrain, headaches, and fatigue. While blue light is not necessarily harmful, it can be uncomfortable for many people. To combat this issue, we recommend Essilor lenses with their anti-reflective coating technology that can protect against both UV and blue light, making it easier on the eyes.
Exposure to UV light has been linked to various eye conditions, including cataracts and macular degeneration. During the winter months, the sun’s position in the sky can increase the risk of exposure to harmful UV rays and glare. To safeguard your eyes, it’s crucial to wear sunglasses with UV protection when spending time outdoors.
At Consett Eyecare, we offer both budget lenses and Essilor lenses with superior engineering that can protect against UV and blue light. Our knowledgeable staff can help you choose the best lenses for your needs and provide advice on how to protect your eyes during the winter months. We also offer a range of other products to help alleviate dry eye and other issues, so be sure to stop by our practice to learn more.