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Do I Need to Protect My Eyes in the Winter?

Did you know that it is important to wear sunglasses in the cold winter months just like it is during the warm summer months? UV rays can still cause harm to your eyes, no matter whether it is sunny and 75 or cloudy and 32. Here is some information about winter eye care from Complete Family Eyecare, your local comprehensive family eyecare provider.

 

Winter Dry Eye

Winter air is dryer than air during the other seasons. And, to add to it, blasting that cozy, warm heat inside your home dries your eyes out even more. So, what does this mean? This means that eye irritation might increase during the winter, especially if you are already prone to having dry eyes.

 

Snow Blindness

If you fail to wear sunglasses on a day that is snowy, you may encounter a temporary condition known as snow blindness. Snow blindness is a condition in which an individual may experience pain or burning in the eyes, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, swollen eyelids, watery eyes, or even exaggerated glare around indoor lights. Snow blindness does not always immediately set in and can take several hours before you even notice it. The condition is caused by the reflection of the sun in the snow, which increases the amount of UV exposure to unprotected eyes. 

 

Eye Protection During the Winter

So, what is the best way to protect your eyes during the harsh winter months? Wear sunglasses! A pair of sunglasses with polarized lenses help prevent glare by blocking light from entering the eyes at certain angles. Our staff can help you pick out the perfect pair of UV blocking, polarized sunglasses.

 

Choose Complete Family Eyecare

Have any questions about picking the proper winter eyewear? Don’t hesitate to talk to the staff at Complete Family Eyecare, who can help answer any questions that you may have. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive family eyecare services!

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