Eye Care: How to take care of the eyes in winter
Warm and confined environments are the ideal habitat for bacteria. Eye care…
How to take care of the eyes in winter
We are in winter, you have to get over it. But while many of us would happily hibernate to wake up in the spring, it would be a shame not to enjoy the good things of this season, like cooking hearty meals, reading, watching movies and TV series while sipping hot chocolate, taking a warm-up jog. All while wearing our favorite contact lenses, of course. However, winter presents challenges for our eyes, so we want to make sure you have all the tools to enjoy your favorite winter activities with a healthy and protected view. Discover our tips on how to juggle winter weather.
Switch to daily lenses
Premise: if your contact lens loyalty is full-time and you like to wear them every day, reusable lenses such as monthly and fortnightly ones are definitely the best choice. However, those who wear these lenses know that they require maintenance and should be cleaned and stored in a special liquid overnight. The disposable daily lenses, on the other hand, are more versatile: you wear a new and fresh pair whenever you want, and you can easily alternate them with prescription glasses. Among their advantages is the fact that you no longer have to worry about the cleaning routine because the dailies do not need maintenance. In addition, the comfort of daily lenses is unbeatable because they are thinner than reusable lenses, which means they offer better oxygen permeability. If you suffer from dry and sensitive eyes – especially in winter – disposable lenses are the ideal choice for you.
It might surprise you to know that UV rays don’t just exist in summer. Yes, we are exposed to UV-A and UV-B rays all year round, even on cloudy days. We are not sheltered even in the snow. Indeed, snow reflects the sun’s harmful rays better than many other surfaces!
Stay away from hot, dry air
It is true, it is true: when a north wind blows outside, there is nothing better than staying in a closed place and with the heating at maximum. Still, try to resist this temptation: heating tends to dry the air, and therefore your eyes too! And you certainly want to prevent them from becoming red and itchy. Instead, put on a nice wool sweater and add an extra blanket to your bed. By doing so, you will not put the moisture in your eyes and contact lenses at risk.
Your best friends? Artificial tears
Artificial tears for dry eyes
While your contact lenses should always give you the moisture your eyes need, artificial tears are great allies against dryness. Have you ever tried our everclear drops? Made with natural herbal ingredients, they are perfect for sensitive eyes and have an unbeatable quality / price ratio. Another tip against fatigue and dryness is to do eye gymnastics. Have you ever heard of it? Discover the miracles it can do on your eyes with our 6 exercises.
Create the right environment
Warm and confined environments are the ideal habitat for bacteria. To keep your eyes safe from infection, open the windows every day to encourage air exchange. Regarding the temperature, the ideal is to keep it around 19 ° C, avoiding changing it too often during the day.
Reduce time in front of digital screens
Screens are an important part of our daily life, especially in these times when teleworking and smart working have become more frequent. But spending a lot of time in front of the screens strains the eyes considerably, and winter, with its dark days, cold air and flu symptoms that circulate easily, tends to make everything a little worse. That’s why you should be especially careful not to strain your eyes at this time of year. Such as? Put away your computer and cellphone when you take your lunch break, don’t look at your cellphone for the last 30 minutes before bed and follow the 20-20-20 rule when you work: every 20 minutes, look at an object 20 feet away from you (about 6 meters) for 20 seconds.
The importance of hydration
The skin around our eyes has a protective function. It is also the thinnest portion of skin we have in the body, and therefore the most delicate. To keep it healthy and fresh, don’t forget to drink at least 1.2 liters of water a day and moisturize your skin with a hypoallergenic eye cream. It may seem like nonsense, but these actions can really relieve your cold winter days and the comfort of your contact lenses.
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