With the cold winter weather, the last thing many of us are thinking about is the sun. Many may think they are safe from the sun’s harmful rays when the weather is colder, but unfortunately, the sun can still harm your eyes.
You may be bundled up, protecting your skin from UV rays, but your eyes are still exposed to the sun and other harsh elements of winter that can cause damage and discomfort.
In the winter, the sun can cause snow blindness. This condition is when your eyes are exposed to too much sunlight, as it is reflecting off of the snow, which can sunburn your eye and cause temporary blindness. Symptoms of this condition can take hours to appear, so many time people do not know they have been affected until it is too late.
Thankfully, there are a variety of ways we can protect our eyes from snow blindness and other eye issues that can occur in the winter.
Many of us view sunglasses as a summertime accessory, but the best way to protect your eyes in the winter is to wear sunglasses. Make sure your sunglasses are polarized and 100% UV blocking for the best protection.
People who enjoy skiing and snowboarding are exposed to more UV rays than those who prefer outdoor summer activities. This is due to the thinner atmosphere at higher altitudes which makes the sunlight harsher.
Winter athletes should always wear goggles when hitting slopes to help protect their eyes from damage. When looking for a pair of goggles, it is important to find goggles that have:
You can also purchase goggles with anti-fog coating or vents that help keep your goggles from fogging up as you enjoy the slopes. You can also find goggles that are made to fit over your prescription glasses.
The winter air is often drier than the air in other seasons due to the lack of humidity or moisture in the air. Indoor heating can also dry out the air in your home, contributing to the irritation and dryness of your eyes that the winter air can cause.
To help keep your eyes moist and comfortable, it is essential to:
These tips will help you combat dry eye for a more comfortable winter experience.
Keeping your eyes healthy is a year-round task, so it is vital to protect your eyes throughout the winter and beyond to preserve your eye health. If you have any questions about protecting your eyes from the harsh winter weather or would like to schedule your next eye exam, contact Dittman Eyecare today!