6 Winter Eye Care Questions Answered by an Optometrist Kelowna Trusts
It’s that time of year again! The weather is getting cooler, the ski hill is starting to see its first fresh snowfall, and the Christmas decorations are out in full force. It’s also the time of year when Kelowna locals start taking advantage of all the activities this season has to offer – snowshoeing, skiing, even Christmas shopping, to name a few. To make sure your eyes are protected during this time, we’ve asked our optometrist Kelowna residents trust a few of the more commonly asked questions.
- How does the colder weather affect my eyes?
As the temperature dips below zero, you may find yourself hitting the slopes, faced with icy road conditions, or just cozying up next to a warm fire. No matter how you’re passing the time during the winter months, it’s important to take care of your eyes. Wear proper eye protection while enjoying winter activities, get lots of rest during this hectic, busy time of year, and make sure to use eye drops if the cool, dry air is affecting your eye’s natural moisture.
- I’m going skiing. What do I need to know?
When hitting the slopes, it’s important to wear goggles. Falling snow, kicked up ice chips, and sometimes dirt can damage eyes and impair vision. Besides causing damage that will require you to visit an optometrist Kelowna locals turn to, you may put yourself at risk for physical injuries caused by lack of vision. Protect your person and your eyes by wearing appropriate eye protection.
- Do I need to wear sunglasses during the winter?
Although the days are considerably shorter, there is still a lot of opportunity for the sun to shine. To protect your eyes from UV damage, keep a pair of sunglasses on your body or in your vehicle. Besides protection from the sun itself, sunglasses can also stop the glare from the bright white snow from impairing your eyesight on super sunny days.
Not only will wearing sunglasses protect your eyes directly, but they will also reduce the likelihood of an accident caused by poor vision.
For tips on choosing the right sunglasses and protecting your eyes from sun damage any time of year, read our previous post: 6 Tips to Protect Your Eyes from the Sun.
- Why do my eyes seem so dry suddenly?
If you’re spending more time indoors, heat and increased air circulation from heaters can contribute to dry, irritated eyes. To reduce the pain, use eye drops approved by your local optometrist. It’s also a good idea to invest in a humidifier to alleviate dryness in your home.
Another cause of dry eyes can be due to a lack of sleep. Because it’s such a busy time of year, many people are sleeping less than normal. To keep your eyes functioning at their best, try and get a suitable amount of rest each night.
Are you gearing up for winter activities and cooler weather and want to make sure your eye health is in topnotch condition for your first day of skiing? Visit the friendly and professional Optometrist Kelowna outdoor enthusiasts trust. We’re conveniently located in the Orchard Park Shopping Centre and offer flexible eye exam appointment times.