Contact Lenses: 5 Tips for Winter Weather

Anyone who wears contacts knows there may be discomfort that comes with colder weather. If you asked someone what wearing contacts in the winter feels like, they may compare it to rubbing sandpaper against their eyes. 

Harsh, cold, windy winter weather conditions can wreak havoc on a contact wearer’s eyes. Here are five tips on how contact wearers can care for their eyes in winter.

1) Hydrate Your Eyes

Pick up some artificial tears or eye drops to keep with you at all times. Eye drops can prevent your eyes from becoming dry and provide instant comfort. 

2) Hydrate Your Body

Many people experience winter dehydration for a few reasons. One being we aren’t as thirsty as we are in the summer months, and another simply because we tend to sweat less in cold weather. Build a habit of drinking the recommended ounces of water a day; this will also benefit the moisture in your eyes. 

3) Take a Break from Wearing Contacts

Give your eyes a break from contacts. Wear your glasses rather than contacts from time to time. Designate a few days out of the week to wear eyeglasses rather than contacts.    

4) Use a Humidifier

A humidifier can be a life saver in the wintertime for many reasons. The most important being that it helps place moisture back into the air removed from cold weather. Help protect your eyes and skin from becoming dry by using a humidifier. 

5) Switch Contact Lenses Out Regularly

It is important to follow a process when it comes to caring for your contacts year-round, but especially in the winter. If this isn’t one of your strengths, the winter months may be a good time to consider daily disposable contact lenses to reduce irritation and increase comfort. 

A combination of all of these tips can really help improve dry eyes in the winter and is recommended. If the winter weather irritation in your eyes continue after incorporating these tips into your routine, it is probably worth visiting your eye doctor for a check-up. If you’re looking to save on your next eye exam, consider getting VSP Individual Vision Plans coverage. Find an individual vision insurance plan, customized just for you.

Information received through VSP Individual Vision Plans' social media channels is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, medical recommendations, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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