Spending a day out in the snow can be just as hard on the eyes as the piercing glare of the summer sun. Unprotected exposure to the sun’s harmful ultra violet (UV) rays can lead to the formation of cataracts, and increase the risk of macular degeneration. However you can save your eyes during the snow season, by remembering these winter eye care tips to ensure that you have healthy eyes all year round.
Winter Eye Care Tips
- Wear UV protected sun shades: The sun’s harmful ultra violet (UV) rays can damage the surface tissues of the eye, because the rays reflect off the snow and enter the eyes. So be sure to take those sunglasses when you are skating on that reflective ice, or skiing on fresh snow. Wearing sunglasses with UV provides the necessary protection the eyes need from the glare of the winter sun. Be sure to pick up sunglasses that block at least 98% of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
- Use sunscreen: Apply sunscreen liberally during the winter, because you need just as much protection from the sun during the winter time. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher. The sun block should also moisturize the skin, ensuring added protection from the harsh winter conditions.
- Use Eyedrops: Since the winter can be hard on the eyes, using eyedrops can help keep them moist. The air can be particularly troublesome for the eyes during the winter, so dry eyes are a common complaint.
If you follow these winter eye care tips, your eyes will stay healthy during the cold season. You can contact the Center for Ophthalmology and Laser Surgery Center, Lighthouse Point, FL, for more information. Please call them today at 954-786-5353 or visit http://www.oculaser.com/contact-us/.