You might already know that your eyes need a little extra care in the summer months, but did you know that they need just as much attention in the winter?
With plummeting temperatures, snow and ice, dark evenings and artificial heating on in our homes, it’s no wonder that this season can play havoc with our eyes.
Here are some easy-to-follow tips to help keep your eyes healthy and bright this winter:
1 – Keep eyes moisturized
The combination of chilly temperatures and central heating can leave your eyes feeling sore and dry.
To keep eyes moist and reduce irritation, use eye drops, or place a warm, damp cloth over closed eyes to ease soreness.
You can also lower the temperature on your central heating, use a humidifier to bring moisture back into the room, or most straightforward of all, drink plenty of water to stay hydrated!
2 – Vary your activities
We tend to stay indoors much more during winter, which means we’re more likely to spend the day in one place, watching TV, reading or doing close-focus work like knitting.
Concentrating like this for more extended periods means we blink less often, which can cause dry eyes.
Remember to blink frequently, and practice the 20x20x20 rule (every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds) to restore moisture to the eyes.
3 – Use the right lighting
Good lighting is essential in the home, especially in winter, when natural light is significantly lower.
Dull, dim lighting can cause eye strain, headaches and redness.
Keep the curtains open as much as possible, and use multiple light sources around the room, increase light without relying on an overhead light, and shading the bulbs so that you’re not looking directly at them.
If reading or writing, use a desk lamp with directed light to limit eye strain.
4 – Wear sunglasses
Yes, even in winter! The sun sitting lower, snowfall and ice can all create reflective surfaces that bounce UV rays around, so it’s vital to shield your eyes.
Glasses with polarized lenses can help with this, to protect your eyes when the light is low.
5 – Eat for your eyes
Generally, we need more vitamins and minerals in winter, to aid in good overall health, but this is especially true for eyes.
A diet packed with the right ingredients can all support eye health, helping you to stay bright-eyed this winter.
Try filling your plate with things like salmon, tuna and oily fish, green leafy vegetables, eggs, nuts and beans, and plenty of citrus fruits to keep your eyes healthy, moisturized and in tip-top condition.
Remember to drink plenty of water too!