Winter eye care tips for the family

Protecting health is always high on the self-care agenda, especially now as the pandemic continues and winter has set in. Part of looking after yourself also means caring for your eyes during the colder months. To find out how you can keep your eyes in the best shape this season, take a look at our winter eye care tips below.

UV protection

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While summer is the obvious time to be thinking about UV protection, the sun still has the ability to affect your eyes in the colder months. This is especially true in the snow, as 80% of UV rays can bounce off its reflective surface straight into your eyes.

Snow can also mean you experience brighter glare, causing squinting and eye strain. We strongly recommend wearing 100% UV protection sunglasses, ideally with polarized lenses to protect your eyes from glare, as well as potential short-term and long-term UV damage.

Get plenty of sleep

For many of us the excitement of festivities may cause sleep disruption. Like the rest of your body, your eyes need a minimum of 5 hours sleep so they can function to their full potential. Make sure you get some early nights in during the festive break and generally throughout the year to ensure you avoid eye strain, irritation, and dry eyes.

Stay hydrated

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Dry air, cold winds and central heating can be harsh on your eyes. Make sure you drink plenty of water to keep your body and eyes hydrated. If you wear contact lenses, these environments can cause your eyes to become even drier. We advise using eye drops as recommended by our optometrists to keep your eyes moist, only using your lenses for the recommended wear-time, and also making sure you swap to glasses occasionally to let more oxygen into your eyes.

Eat well

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The festive period is typically a time of indulgence, which we associate with unhealthy meals, however, there are plenty of things you can still incorporate into your diet that are both tasty and good for your eyes and general health.

Remember to balance your meals out with colourful fruit and vegetables such as bell peppers, carrots, leafy greens, and oranges, as well as walnuts, chia seeds and oily fish like salmon.

Screen time

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It may seem like the obvious thing to do to pass the time on long, dark nights but it’s important to try and give your eyes plenty of breaks from the TV, laptop and mobile phone screens which can cause eye fatigue, headaches and even neck and shoulder strain when used for prolonged periods of time.

Enjoy Christmas with healthy vision

We hope this guide helps you keep on top of your eye health this winter, so you can enjoy this time of the year in comfort. If you have any concerns about your eyes, contact us for advice or to book an eye test in Dundee.

We are also an independent prescriber, so can issue NHS prescriptions direct to your pharmacy for eye drops and ointments, if needed, following your assessment with our experienced optometrists in Dundee.