If you asked someone what it feels like to wear contacts in the winter, they may compare it to rubbing sandpaper against their eyes. Anyone with contacts knows there may be discomfort that comes with colder weather. But why does this happen? Well, harsh, cold, windy weather conditions can reduce the natural moisture created in your eyes, emitting the sensation that something is in your eye, but in fact there isn’t.
There are a handful of things you can do to prevent dry eye in the winter. See below for five tips on how to do so.
Hydrate Your Eyes
Pick up some artificial tears or eye drops from a nearby drug store to keep with you at all times. the drops will prevent your eyes from becoming dry and provide instant comfort.
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.
Switch Things Up
Give your eyes a break from contacts. Wear your eyeglasses rather than contacts from time to time. Designate a few days out of the week to wear eyeglasses rather than contacts.
Put Moisture Back in the Air
A humidifier is 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. This will keep your eyes and skin from becoming dry.
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 eye in the winter and is recommended. If the irritation in your eyes continue after incorporating these tips into your routine, it is probably worth visiting your eye doctor for a check-up.