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Across from the Delta Hotel on Erb St. in Waterloo, ON

Across from the Delta Hotel on Erb St. in Waterloo, ON

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Ways to Avoid Dry Eyes This Winter

Even though many people think of winter as the wet time of year because of the precipitation, the air is actually a lot dryer in the winter, causing your eyes to be irritated quickly.

Our staff is here to help you find the most effective ways to keep your eyes hydrated during the arid winter season. Even before you step outside you can prevent dryness by using a humidifier. Optometrists suggest the use of humidifiers in rooms with forced air heating, which can take away moisture from the air.

In addition, be careful to take additional precautions once you're going outside and will be exposed to the elements. You can further protect your eyes from the elements by putting on a brimmed hat and wearing sunglasses. It is important to protect your eyes from the swirling winds and prevent evaporation of your eye's tear film.

If your symptoms become unbearable you may want to consider artificial tears which may help relieve the bothersome symptoms of dry eyes. Speak to your eye care professional prior to starting to use eye drops to ensure they are suitable for your symptoms.

Remember that if you have contacts it’s important to be particularly careful in the colder months. When possible, use rewetting drops frequently. Lenses are like sponges and must stay lubricated to retain their shape. Once they begin to dry out, the lenses can change shape and stick to the eyeball, causing discomfort and blurriness. So let your lenses drink up…  and make sure to keep them lubricated this winter. With a little awareness and preparation, you can stay clear of the dangers of the cold, dry weather and keep your eyes clear and moisturized all season long!