In addition to the holiday season, family traditions and gifts, winter brings cold and low temperatures that can lead to various winter eye infections. Harsh weather outside, with dry and stuffy air inside, can irritate the eyes and cause vision problems. If you decide to stay indoors, the cold that enters the heated room can dry out your eyes. In some people, the cold can cause excessive tearing of the eyes and blurred vision. Winter allergens are just as dangerous to the species as summer ones. Animal dandruff and dust trapped indoors with poor ventilation and adequate ventilation are a serious threat to the eyes. They cause redness of the eyes, watery eyes, itching and stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing. We will try to give you some practical tips, with the help of which you will protect your eyes and your eyesight during the winter months.
Maintain eye moisture
During the winter, dry and irritated eyes are the most common threat to our eyesight. To maintain eye moisture, the whole body needs to be well hydrated. You should avoid medications that affect humidity, such as allergies and insomnia. If you still have dry eyes, or you suspect that this is happening to you, schedule an ophthalmological examination immediately.
Avoid eye infections
Bacteria and viruses can enter your body through your eyes. Certain viruses are more common during the winter months and can cause serious illness.
Viral conjunctivitis is sometimes associated with upper respiratory infections, such as the common cold. Symptoms include redness and itching of the eyes and excessive tearing. Some people also have discharge from the eyes that can form a crust overnight. This conjunctivitis is easily transmitted from one eye to another with just a touch.
The cold outside does not mean that the eyes do not need adequate UV protection. The sun reflected from the snow can be very dangerous for the eyes. Even when it is cloudy you are exposed to UV radiation. Whether you are an avid skier, racer in all seasons, or just enjoy snowball fights, protecting your eyes is key during the winter months.
Reduce allergens indoors
The chances of allergies, including those affecting your eyes, can be reduced in a few simple steps. Change the bed linen at least once a week, use pillows and blankets that do not cause allergies. Regularly change the filters of the air purifiers, preferably using a filter that reduces dust in the air. Clean carpets regularly, especially if you keep pets at home.
Divert heat from your face to prevent winter eye infections
Inverters in the home or heating in your car can dry out the eyes. Make sure the direction of the heat is away from your eyes.
We hope that the tips will help you to avoid possible eye problems during the winter. If you have questions or are worried about your eyes, make an appointment with one of our ophthalmologists.