Protecting Your Eyes During the Colder Months

Winter brings with it much change and exciting holidays. However, it can also bring conditions that are not great for your eyes. Protecting your eyes from the even drier winter air is imperative to long term eye health. At Eye On Health, serving Phoenix, AZ, and the surrounding areas, we can help you better understand how to keep your eyes healthy during winter. Keep reading to learn more.

Dry Air and Your Eyes 

Dry air is a problem during the winter months for most of the country. This dry air can have negative effects on your eyes. This dry air can start to dry out your eyes' natural moisture.

Dry eyes can cause watering, itching, and burning. When your eyes are irritated like this, you will be tempted to rub them and scratch them, which can lead to injuries and damage.

When left untreated, dry eyes can start to affect your vision. This is why it is important that you talk with your eye doctor about how you can prevent this. In many cases, dry eyes can be treated with eye drops.

One great way to prevent this problem is by making sure you stay hydrated during the winter months. If you are spending a long period of time outside, be sure to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from dry winds.

UV Rays 

UV rays remain a concern for your eyes, even in the winter time. Symptoms of overexposure to UV radiation includes sensitivity to light, redness, pain and, in some extreme cases, it can even cause photokeratitis.

You can avoid this risk by wearing protective sunglasses that block out UV rays.

To learn more about our services or if you need to see our optometrist, DR. Brett Balocca, about eye care or eye exams, contact us at Eye One Health serving Phoenix, AZ, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at 480-809-0550.

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