The eyes are some of the most sensitive parts of your body. In fact, they often react to even the slightest changes in temperature. This is why when the temperature drops, particularly during the winter months, you may have a few complaints about your eyes.——————————————– CONTINUE READING ——————————————–Here are some of the reasons you’ll schedule for eye exams during this time of the year:Dry EyesDid you know that cold outdoor air has less moisture than usual? This is why apart from dry skin and chapped lips, you also have dry eyes during winter. What makes this even worse is that heated indoor air also has low humidity. To prevent having to deal with this problem, keep yourself hydrated during the cold months. You should also increase your intake of omega-3-rich foods, like fish.Excessive TearingSometimes, your eyes may compensate for the dry feeling by producing more tears. As a result, you could be teary-eyed all throughout the winter season. Wearing goggles or sunglasses whenever you’re outdoors can help block the cold winds from coming in contact with your eyes. If symptoms persist, this may be due to seasonal allergies. Head to your eye care center so we can prescribe an appropriate medication.Increased Sensitivity to LightAlthough the skies during winter may appear dark and gloomy, keep in mind that the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays are still present. In addition, the snow-covered ground is more effective at reflecting sunlight, making the surroundings too bright. This may cause you some visual discomfort, like frequent blinking. Protecting your eyes by wearing snow goggles when walking or performing other activities in the snow can help.Eye SunburnWhen we talk about sunburn, people initially think of the skin, most of the time. But did you know that your eyes can get sunburned too? This can happen when you’ve spent long periods under the sun, exposing your eyes to too much UV light. As a result, you may experience eye itchiness or even pain. Your eye doctor recommends wearing UV-protective glasses or goggles when enjoying winter sports, like sledding and skiing.To learn more about eye problems during winter, call us at (757) 340-7070 or complete our contact form. We serve Virginia Beach and nearby VA areas.
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