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Protect Your Eyes This Winter

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Along with its beauty winter weather can often bring eye-threatening hazards. Here are a few tips to help you avoid injury to your eyes this season:

  1. Avoid excessive UV ray exposure. The winter sun’s powerful ultraviolet (UV) rays can harm the eyes temporarily, or cause a condition called photokeratitis, which is like sunburning the sensitive tissues of the eyeball.
  2. Wear proper eye protection. It doesn’t matter if you’re skiing, shoveling the driveway, or just taking a walk. Protecting your eyes from the sun is a must. Make sure your eyewear indicates that it blocks 99-100% of both UV-A and UV-B rays.
  3. Ensure that your indoor environment has a proper level of moisture. Humidifiers can help combat this issue. One way to tell if you’re living in conditions that are too dry is if you are experiencing excessive eye-rubbing or feel like you have low tear production.
  4. Safeguard against wind. This includes the skin around the eyes. Small sunglasses that resemble something John Lennon would have worn may be cool for casual, temperate days…but not in the thick of winter! Instead, choose something that covers more surface area.
  5. Use sunscreen. The skin around the eyes is especially thin and vulnerable. Be sure to protect with sunscreen that has a significant SPF.
  6. Try eye drops for extra moisture. If you suffer from dry eyes, ask your doctor about eye drops that are safe to use multiple times a day.

If you are experiencing ongoing seasonal eye problems or irritation that just won’t go away, call the Vistar Eye Center location in Roanoke and surrounding communities that's nearest to you and set up an appointment.