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Planning A Ski Vacation? Protect Your Eyes From Old Man Winter

Many of us are guilty of this kind of thinking! We wrongfully assume that because it’s not summer and the sun is lower, damage to our eyes from the sun is less likely. Wrong!

The sun can still cause major damage to our eyes. In fact, in some cases it can be even more dangerous. For example, sun reflecting off snow is just like sun reflecting off water at the beach.

4 Tips For Protecting Your Eyes During Winter

1. Hydration

Between dry winter air and all those heaters that sap our houses and offices of atmospheric moisture, winter increases our exposure to dry conditions and can cause our eyes to become irritated. Remedies include:

  • Blinking more! OK… That may sound silly, but it’s not! Set a smartphone timer and close you eyes for 30 seconds a few times during the day too!
  • Consider a humidifier. There are lots of different kinds on the market. This can help your dry skin feel better too.
  • Use saline eye drops.
  • Stay hydrated. Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need hydration. Your eyesight is connected to your whole body health, so drink plenty of water to combat the effects of dry winter weather.

2. Wear Sunglasses

This doesn’t just mean when you’re on your ski vacation either. Sunny days during the winter are bright. Get in the habit of grabbing your shades each time you dash out. Still not convinced how important this is? Watch the video above again!

3. Consider Goggles During Winter Activities

Sunglasses are great, but goggles provide added protection from getting debris in your eyes such as ice, slush and dirt.

4. Wash Your Hands Often

Winter is the cold and flu season! One of the simplest and very best preventive measures for staying well is to wash your hands often and don’t rub your eyes! By doing all you can to keep from getting sick, you also better prevent bacterial and viral pink eye.

Enjoy The Winter While Protecting Your Sight

Do you have any tips we’ve missed? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below, give us a call, or direct message us on our Facebook page. We’re listening… And we always enjoy visiting with you about your vision health.

Thanks for being our valued patient and friend.