Winter is not only harsh on your skin, but also your eyes. The outside air in winter is colder and drier. Prolonged exposure to subzero temperatures without eye protection can dry your eyes, which are mostly made of water and need to be kept moist at all times.
What are the other ways cold temperatures can affect your vision? And how can you protect your eyes and keep them comfortable in winter? Nova Vision Center, your trusted eye doctor, lists them.
Vision Complications Caused By Cold Temperatures
- Blurred or double vision – Exposure to cold temperatures can cause the blood vessels in the eyes to constrict, affecting your vision. Aside from loss of visual clarity, pain in the eyes is also a common symptom. In severe cases, an optometrist may have to prescribe medication to restore moisture to the eyes.
- Dry eyes – As mentioned earlier, the windy winter weather can dry your eyes. Symptoms of dry eyes include redness, itching, excessive tearing, and a burning sensation.
- Photokeratitis – The ultraviolet rays reflecting off white snow can cause Photokeratitis or sunburn of the eyes. It’s important to protect your eyes from excessive exposure to UV rays, as they can increase your risk for cataracts and other vision conditions.
Protecting Your Eyes and Keeping Them Comfortable
- Install a humidifier – A humidifier will help keep your eyes moist indoors. Make sure to replace your filters as well; indoor pollutants can cause allergy flare-ups and teary, red eyes.
- Wear protective goggles outside – The goggles act as a physical barrier between your eyes and the cold temperatures, preventing them from drying out. Make sure to use UV-blocking goggles to protect your eyesight from damaging UV rays. And if you need eyeglasses, it’s recommended that you use ones with UV-blocking lenses.
For more tips on keeping your eyes healthy during winter, consult your optometrist.
Nova Vision Center offers professional eye exam and care services. To schedule an appointment, call us at (703) 578-3600 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Arlington and Falls Church, VA, as well as the surrounding communities.