Winter: Follow these easy steps to ensure your eyes stay safe and healthy

Whether you’re hitting the slopes, heading to work or just cozying up by the fire, be aware of your surroundings. It’s easy to take good vision for granted when you should really be taking precautions. So, experts list out few ways to combat the effects of cold weather and dry air on your eyes

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As the heart of winter draws nearer and nearer we often start to realise our eyes are not quite coping as well as they usually do.  Know how to keep those peepers in tip-top condition throughout winter.

We typically worry about staying warm during the winter months, and think less about protecting our eyes said experts. “The pollen’s in the air, pollution and smog can cause eye allergies.  Patients visit me with complaints like dry, itchy, watery and red eyes,” said, Dr Rahul Baile, Director, cataract, refractive surgery and glaucoma services, Prism eye institute and research centre.

Dr Baile lists out eye problem and tips for happy and healthy eyes:

Problems:

  • The arrival of winter can often result in the extreme wind causing the protective layer which covers the eyes, otherwise known as the tear film to evaporate. This can lead to unnecessary dryness and irritation of the eyes
  • Watery, red and itchy eyes

Tips:

  • Avoid touching and rubbing your eyes
  • Clean your eyes with warm water
  • While travelling by vehicles, use helmet and protective glasses
  • Use lubricating and anti-allergic eye drops
  • Avoid using Over The counter (OTC) medication which contains steroids

Dr Satanshu Mathur, Medical Director and consultant with the Hi-Tech Eye Institute and Laser Centre, Uttarakhand said, “There are plenty of solutions to keep your eyes clear and comfortable.”

According to Dr Mathur:

Keep your eyes moist: Heat or air circulation from a fire or heater can cause dryness and irritation of the eye. It can be particularly painful and annoying for those who already suffer from dry eye, a chronic condition in which the body doesn’t properly produce tears. Use moisturising eye drops. Distance yourself from direct heat sources while sitting.

Wear sunglasses with UV protection: The sun can damage your eyes when it’s cold outside in more ways than when the weather is warm.

However, experts advised to see an eye specialist if you experiencing any eye problems.