People needing corrective lenses to see can wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, or they can alternate between the two options. They not only wear glasses or contacts to see, but also to prevent headaches and eye strain. If you are new to wearing contacts, you might be wondering about your safety wearing them during the cold winter months. They sit over your eyes, and your eyes and eye drops keep them moist, but rest assured that this won’t freeze your contact lenses to your eyeballs. If you’re noticing some issues with your contacts this season, what’s likely happening is wintertime irritation.
While contacts won’t freeze, you can run into other issues with your contacts this winter. Here are some tips, as well as what you need to know about wearing contacts in Chillicothe, OH during the cold winter months:
- Keep your eyes moist: Winter weather is actually quite dry, which can make your eyes water. This is what happens when your tear ducts overcompensate for the dryness. And as strange as it sounds, moisturizing your eyes naturally or using drops can actually offset irritated, watery eyes. For further eye protection, wear sunglasses when going outside in harsh winter weather. They shield your eyes from the very wind that is quick to dry your eyes.
- Hydrate your body: It’s important that you remember to drink enough water during the winter months, just like you would in the summer, as drinking plenty of water in winter helps to counteract the effects of the dry weather. Just remember, hydrating your body hydrates your eyes!
- Switch to eyeglasses: Contact lens wearers will tell you just how dry their eyes can get during the warmer months. Unfortunately, the winter cold can exacerbate eye dryness. If the cold winter weather bothers your eyes, eye health care professionals suggest you take breaks from wearing your contacts from time to time—especially when you don’t need to wear them. For instance, you might normally take your contacts out before going to bed. Instead, considering wearing your contact lenses to work or school, or while running errands, then take them out when you return home. Switch to your eyeglasses for the remaining waking hours of the day to give your eyes a break from your contacts.
- Change your contacts on schedule: Know how long it’s recommended for your contacts to stay in and change them on schedule. Don’t over-wear them, as wearing them beyond the recommended timeframe in winter can dry and tire out your eyes more quickly than usual.
- Rest your eyes: Whether you wear contacts or not, sleep is important for resting your eyes. Well-rested eyes are often less dry and fatigued.
- Avoid direct heat: When wearing contact lenses, try to avoid direct contact with heating sources, both inside and outside, including air vents, fireplaces, wood stoves, heaters and fire pits. Heat draws moisture out of the air, which makes eyes dry and uncomfortable.
The team at Price Family Eye Care Professionals LLC can help you better understand what’s going on with your eyes from one season to the next. Give us a call for more information about eye health or wearing contact lenses in Chillicothe, OH!
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