Top Tips for Protecting Your Eyes this Winter

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When it’s hot and sunny outside, we often reach for our sunglasses without a second thought. However, eye care is something we tend to neglect when temperatures cool and the weather turns. Even throughout winter it’s really important to make sure you prioritise the health of your eyes, so make sure you follow our top tips for doing so:


Give yourself a break from screens

In the winter, we are much more likely to swap outdoor excursions for a day in front of the television. While everyone loves an evening spent enjoying seasonal films, this increase in screen exposure can be damaging to our eye health. Make sure you give yourself breaks between staring at screens and try to spend more time outdoors; this is not only beneficial for your eyes, but also for your overall health.


Keep your eyes hydrated

The colder weather also means we’re more likely to spend time indoors with the heating on. The increase in artificial heat and humidity can cause your eyes to become dry and itchy, especially if you wear contact lenses. To prevent this, make sure you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and consider wearing eye drops; these will make it much more comfortable to blink.


Keep wearing your sunglasses

The temperature may drop in winter but the sun certainly doesn’t disappear. Harmful UV rays can still damage your eyes, especially when reflected off snow or ice. To keep your eyes protected against the sun’s rays, it’s important to keep wearing your sunglasses throughout the colder months, particularly if you’re going skiing or snowboarding.


Book an eye test

No matter what time of year it is, getting an eye test is one of the most effective ways to keep your eyes healthy. During an eye test, your optometrist will be able to diagnose any potential issues and recommend effective treatments to keep your eyes and vision in top condition. If you are struggling with blurry vision or you think you need different glasses, this is the time to talk to a professional and recieve the best possible eye care.

If you’re looking for a trusted optician in the Hertfordshire area, look no further than David Paul Opticians. We offer eye tests, contact lenses, glasses frames and much more to customers in Hemel Hempstead, Chesham, Langley and Tring. For more information, get in touch with our team of eye care professionals today.