26 January 2016
We’re all aware that bright sunshine and pollen can play havoc with our eyes during the summer months, but have you ever stopped to consider the problems winter months may pose to the health of your eyes?
As the days grow shorter and the mornings colder, it’s just as important that you take care to protect your eyes during the winter months too.
In this blog we’re going to explore 5 ways that the winter months could cause sore or damaged eyes and offer advice on how to keep your eyes bright and healthy all year round.
It’s lovely coming home to a warm, cosy house after a long brisk walk in the winter, but warm, dry air created by central heating can cause uncomfortable, gritty, dry eyes.
If you often find yourself suffering from dry, red or uncomfortable eyes in the winter then investing in a humidifier for the winter months can help put some much needed moisture back into your room. There are also a large variety of different drops and solutions that can help to alleviate dry eye, book an appointment* at your local Tesco Opticians department to ask an optometrist for advice on the solutions available.
Increased Screen Time
Winter weather in Britain is rarely kind to us and often fairly bleak! When it’s cold, wet and windy outside it can be all too tempting to spend days on end snuggled under a blanket catching up on your favourite TV shows on a laptop or tablet screen. Remember though, increased screen time can leave eyes feeling tired and strained.
Try to keep an eye on how much screen time you’re allowing yourself, and if you are indulging in a TV binge remember the 20-20 rule. For every 20 minutes that you’re looking at the screen remember to give your eyes at least a 20 second break to focus on something that is at least 20 feet away. When we’re looking at screens we often forget to blink; a habit that can exacerbate dry and tired eyes. Try to make a conscious effort to blink more frequently whilst looking at screens.
If you’re one of the many people who put their sunglasses away at the end of August then we’d like you to consider reuniting yourself with them now! The sun’s UV rays can pose a threat to your eyes even during overcast and cold weather, so it’s still important to wear your sunglasses in the winter if it’s bright outside.
Don’t forget! - If you’re going away on a ski break this winter then it’s extra important that you remember to pack your ski goggles to protect your eyes as snow reflects about 80% of the sun’s UV light.
This is the perfect excuse to buy a new pair of sunglasses! Browse our range of sunglasses
to find a new pair for the winter.
Keeping windows and doors closed during the winter can cause a build up of allergens inside. If you have allergies this can cause a flare up in your symptoms, including watery, red eyes.
Taking antihistamines and using eye drops for allergies can temporarily ease symptoms, we recommend speaking to one of our optometrists or doctor to find the right solution for you. For long-term relief investing in an air purifier is an effective way of minimising allergens indoors.
Colds and Flu
If you’ve not had a cold yet this winter then we applaud you! During the winter months we usually spend more time huddled up close together with other people in warm, indoor spaces, making it easy to catch a cold or flu. When you got a cold you’ll probably notice your eyes become red, puffy and irritated. Solution
Be extra vigilant with washing your hands before touching your eyes or putting in contact lenses
to lessen the risk of spreading germs and irritating your eyes.
Remember, if your eyes are causing you pain or discomfort this winter it’s important to book an appointment to check your eye health and get advice on the best way to ease symptoms.
*Subject to availability. Excludes customers already entitled to a free NHS eye test.