This week has seen most of the country covered with snow and being bitterly cold. While the snow is something a lot of people will be enjoying they may forget to protect their eyes in this cold weather. Here are my 4 top tips to look after your eyes for the cold, snowy weather.
It may sound strange to recommend wearing sunglasses in these conditions, but it is something I would definitely advise, especially when driving. In the winter months the sun is lower in the sky and when the sun reflects off the white snow it can really cause glare, particularly when driving. Also, long term sun exposure can attribute to the formation of cataracts. So, make sure you have a pair of sunglasses at hand in all weather conditions, even in the snow.
2. Keeping Warm
When we have been in the cold we can’t wait to get in and warm up but be mindful when using heaters such as blower or car heaters as this heat can really dry out your eyes. Direct any heat away from the face and try to avoid having central heating on higher than it needs to be.
3. Drink More
In winter our bodies thirst cycle changes and this combined with heating can dry out the eyes even more. Make a conscious effort to keep hydrated by drinking water, decaffeinated teas and coffee, and even having soups can increase hydration levels.
4. Protect Your Eyes
A lot of people can suffer with excessive teary eyes during the cold weather, especially when it is windy, so wearing some protective glasses or sunglasses can help reduce this symptom. Over tearing of eyes can also be a sign of eye dryness or infection, so if this develops suddenly make sure to book an appointment with an eye clinic so they can have a closer look at your eyes.
Author: Samer Hamada is a distinguished consultant ophthalmologist and cornea surgeon performing eye surgeries at his practice, Eye Clinic London. With nearly two decades’ experience, Mr. Hamada is recognised as a leading expert in the field of cataract, refractive lens exchange (RLE) and corneal surgeries.
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