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Are You Looking After Your Eyes This Winter?

6th October 2020

Winter weather can be harsh on our eyes, and with the season just around the corner, we asked our eye experts for some useful tips on maintaining your eye health during the colder months.

Dry Eyes

The winter air is drier, which can cause your eyes to lose their natural moisture as it is harder to produce tears, resulting in sore, dry eyes.  Many of us are also more likely to keep the windows closed and heating on which can irritate and dry out our eyes further. There are a few things you can do to help prevent this:

  • Reduce the temperature and avoid sitting next to heat sources
  • Invest in a humidifier – this will keep moisture in the air
  • Try eye drops to keep the eyes moist
  • Blink more to allow your eyes to produce more tears

Winter Sun

Don’t pack away your sunglasses just yet, winter sun can be just as damaging for your eyes! This is particularly important if you’re planning on hitting the slopes this season, as snow and ice are reflective which can lead to more UV radiation. Protect yourself from harmful ultraviolet rays and conditions like cataracts and macular degeneration by wearing sunglasses or goggles.

Take a Break From ‘Screen Time’

People tend to stay indoors more during the winter, which often means increased screen time. Although this will not damage your eyes, prolonged use can make your eyes tired and dry and even cause headaches. Take regular breaks and apply the 20-20-20 rule; every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.


As the nights get longer, we spend most of our time behind the wheel surrounded by lights and glare resulting in poor night vision. Wet and icy weather conditions can also prolong your journey so make sure your lights are functioning and your windscreen is clean inside and out. Lastly, if you’re due an eye test, now is the time to book it!


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